“The Black Cloud”

Have you ever had one of those days when absolutely NOTHING worked in your favor?  Here’s what I mean…you’re running late for an important meeting or an interview and you get several blocks from home and realize that you don’t have those vital papers for the meeting that you’re rushing to – or worse yet, you forgot that you needed to stop to get gas, which will now cause you to be even later to your appointment!  My personal favorite is when you finally take a sip of your coffee or tea and realize that the top isn’t secured only after you’re wearing most of it on the front of your blouse or shirt! Unfortunately these are pages from my own life. Yes, real life occurrences that made me look over my shoulder expecting Ashton Kutcher to step clearly into view and tell me that I’m being punked!

In each situation I had options: I could scream and throw a fit yelling “why me”? and then be upset for the rest of the day or I could stop, pray, take a deep breath and calmly figure out my next step. MOST of the time, I have chosen option 2. I have learned that a great deal of what happens to any us is out of our control. What we can control is how we react to what happens. I am starting to ask myself what lesson I can learn from each tragedy. Using the incidences that I mentioned above, I could have left home a little earlier and checked the night before to ensure that I had everything that I needed and placed those items where I could see them before I walked out of the door. As far as the spilled coffee is concerned, I am still learning to double check my lids…and I’m still working on remembering to regularly check the gas level in the car! I didn’t say I was perfect…

Take action now: Meditate on Ecclesiastes 7:14 – When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other (NIV).

Embrace this truth: Don’t sweat the small stuff and on the big scale of life, most of what happens each day is small stuff!

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