Making a List

Feeling tired, depressed, or just plain “over it?” No nap, pill, or momentary distraction will help as much as realizing how many good things are actually a part of your life. I would like to encourage you to look around you, assess your life at this moment, and literally make a list of the good things you are experiencing.

Let me start: At my age (70s), the fact that I’m still here should top the list. Then I should add that I am healthy, walk and bicycle several times a week, can afford the ever-increasing gasoline prices and groceries, enjoy retirement by doing the things I enjoy, live close to our son and his family, and end each day as I begin it – with a prayer of thanksgiving. I truly believe that my faith is a big part of my inner contentment in a world that daily tries to strip every good feeling away from me.

There’s a song I remember from my childhood – I know, a long time ago – that has a verse that goes like this: “When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost. Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”

Ok, you have your assignment. Get pen and paper ready and make that list. Put it where you will see it every day – maybe the bathroom mirror. May God bless and encourage you day by day.


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