Life is not a straight line or a flat road. It’s full of twists and turns, and hills and valleys. There are tall trees that block your view and short shrubs that scratch your ankles and knees. It’s a maze; it’s a jungle, and it’s full of surprises.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. Soren Kierkegaard
We spend more time navigating life, than enjoying it. We get so caught up in the challenges of solving the problems and issues presented by life; we forget to enjoy the daily pleasures that life gives. With each turn, we find ourselves further frustrated, angered by the difficulty, exasperated from the ceaseless routine of overcoming one challenge after another. We don’t experience life and therefore miss out on all the gifts available for our enjoyment.
Life gifts – the simple pleasures present every day we take for granted. The sunrise; the coolness of dew underfoot; fresh cotton sheets on a warm night; the laughter of children; a full moon; and the flight of a hummingbird. All gifts from God that remind us how fleeting and precious life is.
One sure way of dealing with the difficulties is to be mindful and thankful of all the gifts of life. Giving thanks during hard times places us in a state of God’s grace: and being in a state of grace releases joy. I call the process “going to my happy place.” Whenever I feel angry, frustrated or mad at a situation, I think of all the reasons to be thankful for the challenge, and my spirit is lifted to a better place. Just these simple acts of thankfulness, grace and joy change my experience. It may not solve the immediate problem, but it certainly brings me to a fullness of life.