Positive Attitude

92043888-D550-4B1B-8107-14169C17AECB“What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭GNT‬‬

Positive Attitude

Every day I battle with the stresses of life and maintaining a positive attitude. It seems that the world is collapsing into a chaotic quagmire of anger and hatred and hurt and pain. But I try to remember that focusing on the many blessings in my life always allows me to see with rose colored glasses. Then I realize that changing my circumstances starts within me. The Spirit inside me ultimately guides me to do the right thing, despite my contrariness and my inherent laziness. Life is a journey that should bear good fruit.

Posterity

D619C3AE-AAAC-44DA-A699-B57243001F32“Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭22:30-31‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Today my family went to Maymont and enjoyed all the free activities.  In 1893, James Dooley, a wealthy Richmond lawyer and philanthropist, and his wife, Sallie (who grew up in my home county of Lunenburg) completed their elaborate Gilded Age 100 acre estate high above the James River.  They left Maymont to future Richmonders.  What a great gift indeed that has blessed so many people.  What if everyone left a gift that kept providing joy to future generations?

Mercy

4E512572-AB40-4364-8C8A-236BCD722CC0“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭51:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

My daughter, the artist who does the paintings for my BLOG, did art with foster children today. Her genuine act of compassion toward them demonstrated her mercy for their distress. These kids just want a home where they are loved for being themselves. (Check out the link below to help) None of us deserve the many blessings in our lives and truly God’s mercy is beyond our understanding and blots out our many transgressions.

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Rest

38bfaa4f-b05d-42a4-8254-437fa7e47cc1“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭ASV‬‬

Rest
Sometimes I just cannot seem to get enough rest and I feel exhausted. It may be easy to refrain from physical activity, but it is often difficult to relax the mind…so I lay still, but keep thinking and worrying about all sorts of things. What seems to help me most is to count my blessings. That reminds me Who is in charge and how much He loves us. His Peace provides true rest.

 

Gratitude

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Practicing gratitude means being thankful for what we have to the degree that we feel more kindness toward the world. It can effect positive changes in lives and research shows that people can augment their gratitude by counting their blessings and writing letters of thanks. This proactive acknowledgement can increase well-being, health, and happiness. Being grateful, especially expressing it, is associated with increased optimism, energy, and empathy.

Rose Colored Glasses

D09CC6BE-D286-4008-A801-37060DCD5857.jpegOptismism positively impacts our lives in so many ways. With my patients, I see daily how much a positive attitude can help their recovery. Sometimes people do need medications to help them see through rose colored glasses, but focusing on one’s blessings can certainly achieve those results as well. As it has been said, “We can complain because a rose has thorns or rejoice because thorns have roses”

Thanksgiving

971A6729-D0C0-4632-80C0-441FAC9708F6.jpeg“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭100:4-5‬ ‭ESV

Thanksgiving
One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. It is a time when we get together with friends and family just to celebrate our blessings. It seems to be less commercialized and there are no expectations of gifts. Most importantly, it reminds us to be thankful. I am so thankful to God for good health, wonderful family and friends, and His gift of Love.