Last week, I was driving home one evening around dusk. And I'll be honest, I don't often look around or take in what's going on around me (other than the other cars and driving, of course). Truthfully, a lot of times I'm in my own world and get home without even thinking about the drive.
Well this evening, I just so happened to look over at the perfect time and see these two horses standing facing one another. They had their heads wrapped around one another's neck, like they were hugging one another (like the pic above...not my pic, but I wish I could've stopped and taken a picture). And it brought tears to my eyes. The beauty of it, the simplicity of it, the love and affection that even animals have for one another.
On the very next street that I turned onto, heading towards home, the sky above our church was simply gorgeous. It had various shades of pink and blue and was just breathtaking. And once again, it brought tears to my eyes.
I realized that we are so often wrapped up in our own little world and technology that we fail to see the beauty and simplicity of life around us. I wondered how many little moments like these I've missed, by looking at my phone or daydreaming or worrying or complaining.
Think about your day-to-day life. How often do you spend it complaining? How often do you look at all the bad things in your life? How often do you complain about your circumstances? And now, conversely, how often do you spend counting your blessings? How often do you thank God for everything in your life, even the bad stuff?
I know that life isn't always going to be easy or fun. And I know that it's often easy to fall into the "woe is me" or "why me" stage. But think about it. How does that serve you? How does that help you move past what you're going through?
I'll be the first to admit, I used to be the worst why me or what if person. I would let my anxiety get the best of me in every situation because I wanted to be in complete and utter control. And I always thought the worst of the situation. Like, "how could I possibly be in THIS situation?!"
It's taken me awhile, but I no longer have that outlook. It slips out every now and again, but for the most part, I know that I am at the mercy of God's will. He already has my life planned out, however that is going to look. And even in the bad moments, I thank Him. For everything. He has brought me exactly where I'm supposed to be, even if I don't fully understand it yet.
And I'll tell you what...I am in a much better place with this outlook. The peace I have is astounding. I don't dwell on the bad stuff (for long, lol) or let myself fall into a crappy place. I pick myself up, brush myself off, and figure out what needs to be done next.
So today, this week, this month...I challenge you. I challenge you to go 24 hours without complaining. And thank God for everything, even the bad stuff. Count your blessings. Literally...list them out. Spend a couple extra minutes in the morning listing three things you are grateful for. And at night, do the exact same thing.
And take in the beauty that surrounds you. Put your phone down, look around, and see everything God has created for us. His beauty and love is everywhere. Our challenge is opening our eyes and seeing it.
I love y'all! And I'm thankful for each one of you! I hope you have a beautiful week and see all the beauty in our world!
With love and wellness,