A little perspective goes a long way. As odd as it sounds, my stresses tend to come from my blessings, my abundance. Even my seeming lack of financial resources isn’t all that bad; most everything gets paid most of the time and on time. It’s the excesses we can’t afford, and excess by nature is something we don’t need. I get stressed because I’m trying too hard to control everything. That just cannot happen, and I certainly can’t do everything on my own.
It takes one event to set in motion a trajectory downhill. That spiral that will go as deep as we let it or as deep as it can pull us. Some may call it natural selection. Some call it fate. It is true that darkness is ever-present. What makes some of us more keenly aware of the light in our lives and some more susceptible to the pull of darkness? Can it also be the same for positive events, that when good things start happening, they just keep coming?
I don’t mean to oversimplify this. Life is not either good or bad. Mostly, it’s gray, and, despite the over-use of the phrase, it is what it is. I am convinced that our perspective, how we choose to encounter everything along our way, and our choices going forward make all the difference. I’m also convinced that we cannot do it alone. If your faith is enough, bless you. If you’re like most of us, you need community.
As part of a community I love dearly, I’m willing to change my plans for lunch and visit a friend in need. I let go of my expectations and live into something greater. We make magic happen every day and can rejoice in the light. When the darkness comes, we can know we are not alone and that we don’t have to be afraid.
That’s a beautiful thing.