Have you ever been around people who seem to work to find reasons to be unhappy? You know what I mean. When you make positive comments around them they’ll typically just scowl and refuse to respond? Or if they do respond it’s generally some sort of unintelligible grunt or painful-sounding moan accompanied by a pitiful look that’s designed to try to gin-up sympathy– a facial protest that says “But I WANT to be less-than-happy, I kinda’ like it!”
It’s Sunday morning, the sun is shining, the coffee is strong and hot, and I’m unabashedly choosing NOT to be crabby today. The coffee origin is a mystery today, but it tastes great– full-bodied, aromatic and flavorful! My wife made it and I forgot to ask what type it is.
EVERYONE has bad days. The days when nothing seems to go right. Those times when it feels like you must still be asleep because there is no way a day could be this awful. With that said, isn’t it really a matter of how we choose to react to what is being thrown at us? On the worst of days if I’m honest with myself there are still MANY things to be positive about.
“…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11 (NIV)
I get it, unnaturally happy people are annoying, but don’t read me wrong, it’s not about being weirdly unrealistic about life or about being over-the-top happy all the time, rather it’s more about making the choice to look at circumstances from an “it could always be worse” perspective. Borrowing from the verse above it’s about choosing to be content.
There may be a lot of events and outside influences I cannot control, but how I react IS a choice and most definitely controllable. I choose to NOT be crabby.
Now…if I don’t get that second cup of coffee that I asked for heads are going to roll. Why can’t anyone seem to figure out how to do what I ask! No one appreciates me. I guess if I want it done right, I have to do it myself! ***exasperated sigh***
Just kidding. 😉 Make it a great day.