Thank You, Lord, For Tough Days

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley.

Then, we could break this quote down even further.

Waitley’s quote has so much meaning behind it. Happiness cannot be traveled to. It is not a set destination. It is not a vacation spot or a getaway. It cannot be owned. You do not own your own happiness, and on the flip side, no one else owns your happiness. It cannot be earned. You do not earn this desired emotion. You do not earn it based on your genuine and kind actions. You cannot wear happiness on you. You cannot consume it through the universe or other people. However, happiness is spiritually living each and every moment with love, grace, and gratitude.

Love: (n) an intense feeling of deep affection. 
Grace: (n) free favor of God; (v) give honor to by one’s presence.
Gratitude: (n) quality of being grateful. 

This means that as a daughter, I am to live each moment with love, grace, and gratitude. As a sister, I am to live each moment with love, grace, and gratitude. As a teacher, I am to live each moment with love, grace, and gratitude. As a friend, as a relative, as a significant other, as God’s child, as a human being . . . I am to live each moment with love, grace, and gratitude.

This can be difficult to do when you have “those days”. I had one of those days today. My day at my job was not all rainbows and butterflies and my night at home was merely the same. Without going into details, I will just say that there might have been two or three different breaking points throughout the day.

Then, there are my parents. They come to save the day for me, even as a 23 year old. You would think that I can handle certain situations on my own . . . but needless to say I am thanking the good Lord above for giving me selfless people to help make my life easier. Especially on nights like tonight.

Once they came to help me, I sat back and looked at how my “tough day” is foolish compared to others’ tough days throughout the world. With what all is going on in our society right now, my problems that occurred throughout the course of my day seems so minuscule. It’s all about perspective. I recognize this. But, sometimes I need to take a breath, realize what all I have in my life at this point in time, contribute my heart before anything . . . and love, have grace, and show gratitude as much as I can towards each person that I encounter throughout my day. As simple as that sounds, I feel as if I need to rehearse this in my head. Then, as always, I need to write it out. To someone. Somewhere. Because writing it out still, just as it did in elementary school, helps me to grasp what exactly it is that I am trying to say.

So . . in a nutshell, here is what I am trying to say:
Never let a day pass without looking for the good, feeling the good within you, praising, appreciating, blessing, and being grateful. Today, I am grateful for “tough days” that help me to realize what all I have taken for granted in my life today. I am grateful for God telling me to slow down, to take a breath, to keep my cool, and appreciate each beautiful thing in life — even spilled salsa all over your garage at 9:00 at night. 🙂

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