Even the most positive people get down. I started thinking about this as I heard about a teacher who died of cancer just today. Her two children are left here without their mom. I’m not certain of all the family and friends she left behind, but I’m certain there are people hurting from the loss. How can one stay “positive” at a time like that.
I’m not sure staying positive is something you really think about in that event. Do you really think about “looking on the bright side?” I know from suffering the loss of my parents, my best friend and other family members, friends and acquaintances–a positive mental outlook is not really something you strive for. You really just strive to make it. You hope that the pain subsides long enough for the tears to dry. You find comfort in memories and sharing with others. It’s important to be around others at this time– allowing them to help you. Moving forward is essential. I’m not saying leave the deceased behind in your timeline and never think of them again or avoid revisiting the great memories they created in your life —I’m saying you must move forward with their memory. You can’t stay in the sorrowful moment of their passing. You must continue to live in honor of them. It was a blessing that you were able to have the time you did with them and it should be an honor for you to continue to hold the memories of them that are more than likely full of lessons and times which have helped you develop into who you are.
In times like today where another wonderful person was taken by cancer …and in other times where children perish, families suffer unforeseen circumstances of such loss and people seem to vanish from our lives… staying positive is not something we immediately move to, but at some point, that is where we have to journey toward.
I am secure in knowing that my God will comfort those who need comfort. He will help those who need guidance. He will protect the ones who need a hedge built around them. Staying positive becomes an easy feat when you know all good things come from God. ((Romans 8:28)) He will help you through anything, but you must call on Him. You must want to move.
I pray for this teacher’s family today. I pray for those who have lost. I pray for those who need to begin their journey of healing and for their continued forward movement, making their way to that place where they can be positive once again.
(Note: I was NOT driving when I took this picture.)
Have you ever rolled over about to get out of bed and thought, “Do I really have to?” I did that this morning. My left ankle was hurting just enough to make me doubt my ability to walk properly. I went through every excuse I could think of trying to justify the act of not putting my feet on the floor. Sure, my ankle was still sore from a full day of utilizing it yesterday. I broke that thing in 3 places back in 8th grade and somedays I remember it better than others. It’s funny how your body does that to you.
Anyway, back to my story of the day… There I was, running through the excuses, making most of them up out of pure air, trying to make myself feel better about just being lazy. It took a few minutes to finally realize that it wasn’t going to happen. I needed to plant my feet on the ground, set one in front of the other and MOVE! We need to continuously do this throughout our days. We all know this. But today, God told me and showed me some things while I was moving and I’m gonna share. Not surprizing, right!?
So, I did a few of my daily routines–bathroom, breakfast, brush (not going into details)–and then I got ready to head out the door. Once outside, I felt even better about my earlier get-out-of-bed decision. The wind is blowing. The sun is out, but not beating down like the summer heat is has been. It’s so sweet outside. While getting ready, I prepared to listen to my daily audio Bible when God told me this: Listen, but then be silent. God and I talk a lot. I know that probably sounds so weird to a lot of you. But that is what keeps me from going absolutely bonkers most of the time. I could go on about that, but I’ll finish my spill….
So, on my walk, I listened to the Bible. Then, instead of turning on my walking music, I just soaked in what was around me. I silenced myself and let God show me what HE wanted to show me. I began taking pictures. I do so love that. My pic on yesterday’s blog was such a gift from God. He knows I love His artwork. Then He guided me to just look at the simple things. The path itself amazed me. The leaves and little sparks of color the wild flowers made stopped me. It was all just beautiful. So, my posted picture today is just a sampling I made with the pictures I took. Sometimes we don’t need to look at the destination we are going for, but look at where you are right now. Look to the beautiful things that surround you all the time. Don’t look at what you are trying to get to sometimes. Look at the road that gets you there. Take time to consider your JOURNEY.