Today, while peeling an orange, I thought about people who lived centuries ago, who never tasted an orange.
Or a banana.
Or ice cream.
Those who struggled to breathe on their death beds without the remedy of penicillin.
Those who went to war without a cell phone to call home.
Those who died in childbirth and premature babies who did not live without access to what we have today.
This doesn’t make the pain better. But it does give perspective.
God spoke about an eternal perspective and living daily with a view of eternity in sight.
That’s because God knows we need to look ahead in order to survive the pain.
Way ahead of here and now.
Without pausing to reflect about people who lived without the small and big things available to us, we get self absorbed for too long.
It’s up to us to reflect and remember so we don’t become consumed with hopelessness.
There is a last chapter and it’s not written yet.
Meanwhile, God comforts us until that day in eternity.
Sometimes we stay in situations that we can change.
I’m not talking about giving up on your commitments when it is a selfish move that will hurt or affect others adversely.
But there are times when we don’t think of ourselves – don’t take care of ourselves.
There are certainly times of enduring situations which require us to either stop whining and grow up or stand strong and be brave.
Then there are the times when we can make changes to make things easier for us. If no one else is giving us permission we have to give ourselves permission. We can get so stuck in a rut that we don’t even consider a change.
No one is responsible for your happiness but you.
What can you do today to thrust yourself out of the suffering slump you are in?
Our choices have to override our emotions. This isn’t easy to do but once you realize how you’re feeling isn’t always an honest assessment of your situation, you get in a routine of thinking differently.
I remember one time feeling like everything was closing in – irritable, cabin-fever, bored. So I decided to go for a walk. I discovered how much better I felt. My whole perspective changed.
This is the beginning of a new week. Do one thing each day despite how you are feeling, especially if you’re in a slump.
When you look down, you can’t see where you’re going. The view is narrowed to where you place each step.
It’s interesting how often our emotions line up with our bodies. We all know the one who is looking down and walking quickly is someone on a mission. The one hunched over, taking slow steps is feeling weighted down with problems or defeat.
Just look up! It can change your whole perspective.
to be continued …