Monday, April 27, 2015

One Day At A Time

Photo: Trish Dare Photography

There's this girl. She's so very special to me. She's experienced a lot in her life. Loss, betrayal, heartbreak. So may things that could easily bring a person down. But it's not the trials of her life that amaze me. It's the triumph.

Through all of the pain, she has remained strong. She's a bright light of joy in my life. She's beautiful, hilarious, and loving. She attacks each day with zeal, and doesn't back down from a challenge. She's an inspiration, really. She has so many reasons to be sad, to be angry. But she's not. She's a fighter.

Yeah, she has her down moments, who doesn't? But she doesn't let those few days determine the rest of her existence. She understands that one minute doesn't determine the entire outcome of your life. So what if something is difficult? Tomorrow is a new day, a chance to find joy.

Too many people let their feelings determine their experiences. They let their selfishness decide how they treat everyone. If things don't go their way, they throw a fit and try to make people miserable. They forget about anything except for themselves and their little problems.

I know I get that way sometimes, how about you?

Here's a new idea. Wake up and realize that there are people out there going through pain that is so much worse than anything you've ever felt. The things that you think are a big deal might not be. Look at the world through the eyes of someone else. Your life is probably a cake walk compared to the lives of others.

Do you have food on the table? Do you have clothes on your back? You're already several steps ahead of a large portion of this planet. Don't take these things for granted. Don't lose sight of the potential of this life.

There are so many things we could be doing with our lives, things that don't include pining away for that specific new car we want, or mourning the loss of the guy we never actually dated. Man up. Step up. Take action.

Follow the lead of an incredible girl. Take each day as it comes. Don't predetermine the outcome of a moment before it's even arrived. The only way to make a difference is to live one day at a time.



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