“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
A lot of what happens “to” us is jaded by our perception and world view. I have a very close friend who recently made a big change in his life and moved to a big city. Okay, I will say it, Denver. Things didn’t turn out quite how he planned. When he got there the promised job had been given to another and he hasn’t found anything yet, though he’s been out looking daily for about three weeks now. He’s not destitute yet, just humbled. But since he arrived, he’s been mugged, twice. He’s been turned down for jobs three times because he isn’t a “local.” I spoke to him over the weekend and he was making the plans to move back to Florida to a job offer in the panhandle. As he went to leave on Tuesday, he stopped by the grocery store for some travel supplies and as he parked a man jumped into his car, the intruder only knowing Spanish said simply “hospital.” The man obviously had been stabbed or shot because he was bleeding all over my friend’s brand new vehicle and my frightened friend found him a hospital as quickly as his GPS would allow. His quick thinking saved the man’s life.
I spoke with him last night and he is just beside himself, wondering why his luck has turned so bad, why is all this happening to him? I had to think about this a while and in the end all I could come up with is this; If you think this is bad luck, change your perception, this is just a set-back, things will get better. But bad luck? That’s the guy who was stabbed, and you are lucky that you were placed right there in that situation, at that place thousands of miles from home and at that specific time because you are a hero, you saved his life. Change in perception, yeah, a little bit, but I have the lucky position of not being in the situation and able to see it from afar. Usually even when you “think” you are at your lowest point, you seldom are, it could be worse, he could have been the victim of the other guy’s crime, so even in times of crisis we should try to find things to be grateful for, even if it’s just a minute thing we can find. I get it, being grateful all the time isn’t easy, but it’s when you feel least grateful that you are in most need of gratitude because the thing about gratitude is it gives you something very important, it gives you perspective. And this new perspective moves you from negative energy to positive energy which is the single most powerful way to affect change in your own life.
Gratitude is a gift, when we put our egos aside and concentrate on our gratitude, we create compassion and understanding and the funny thing about those two feelings is they in turn, release frustration and make us feel more hopeful. To my friend, and to each of you, I am here for you, just know, this, whatever it is in your life that makes you angry/sad/jealous/[insert adjective here], this too shall pass. Think of all the other disturbances and let downs prior to right now that have been long forgotten, this too will pass. Have faith, have compassion, and show gratitude and watch your world change for the better. Anyway, that’s just my thoughts on it, take it for what it’s worth to you, I know probably not all that much. But that’s ok, I need a reminder for myself every once in a while too.
Hair/Hat: *Argrace*, Kanade
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Pant: ISON. Side-laced pant
Glasses: Ison, Quinton
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