Carpe Diem!

love your life  

There is a quote I often see which reminds me not to get caught up in the negatives of life, rather to embrace them and take another step forward.

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."  ~Hilary Cooper

Upon review, I could say this past week was full of negatives.  Yet it is my choice how I see the events that comprise my life.  So while initially the daily challenges may appear very negative, upon thoughtful reflection, if I choose to interpret them differently, they can be considered blessings instead.

If we chose to look at our life trials in a positive light we can see that they are really blessings in disguise.

Yes, the everyday glitches and catastrophes we encounter are merely situations meant to open our eyes.

Financial struggles, emotional challenges, relationship troubles, time constraints, illness...these can all be situations that wear us down or BUILD US UP.

It is up to ME to interpret and perceive HOW I want to proceed with the challenges that show up in my life.

One of the more challenging situations to present itself in my life this past week was learning a 17-year-old boy I was working with lost his life over a $10 bag of marijuana.

I could look at all the sad, negative feelings related to this tragedy OR I could thank God for the example it has given the other kids in the group and for the life lesson learned.  This is something mere words from my mouth could never have conveyed.  The impact was priceless.  Absolutely terrible for the family left behind, but such a blessing for those who benefit from the lesson.

Another challenge I heard about was a friend who was suddenly struck with an unimaginable illness while enroute to a business trip in another country.  So grave were his circumstances, his parents were flown half way round the world to be at his side.  Prayers and good wishes have been said for days now and his situation appears to have improved some, although the circumstances of the source of his illness are still a mystery.

Life is too short to dwell on the negatives we will undoubtedly encounter every day while we are on this journey.