To Live and Inspired Life
Recently, I was, frankly, feeling a bit glum about my life. Silly, I know, because I have so many things for which to be thankful. In thinking about it, I realized that the more I focus on what I have to be thankful for, the happier I feel…and the more I see what great abundance has been given to me. The happier I am, the better life is, and the more my happiness can bless others around me.
It’s like that first daffodil I notice in the spring—you know, those cheerful blossoms usually in yellow and white with a cylinder shape (kind of like a hot roller) with a jagged edge coming from its center. It makes me smile so much, and all of sudden, I see other thrills of spring…the song of a young bird; the trees in fresh, brilliant green; and look, another flower is beginning to bloom. This one is short and purple and looks like a miniature cluster of grapes on a green stem. I’m surrounded by a whole world of beauty that just became alive to me. It’s as if God dipped a paintbrush in every lovely, lively color imaginable and created a mural around me. All I had to do was start noticing.
So it is with the things for which I am thankful. Name one, two, three—and suddenly, twenty appear. But I wanted to make it more than just a one-time list. Rather, I wanted it to be an ongoing experience, to let those around me know what makes me thankful for them…and to be reminded of just how wonderful my life really is.
That’s when I devised a game of sorts. At the end of my emails, I include an “*” followed by something for which I am grateful. I’ve gotten my family and friends to join in. They love it, too, because it really puts life in happy perspective. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
How about it? Why not get your friends in on it? Maybe try it on Facebook? Let’s say “Sarah” was “the best” and let you borrow her “American Apparel striped, red socks” to make your outfit for the movies complete. Go to her Facebook page and post something like, “*your awesome red socks.” If someone doesn’t know the game, well, you might get a few questioning responses. Now wouldn’t that be a great way to introduce yet another person (or more) to what that “*” really means?
*a great life