Sparks #21

IMG_5385 (1)My friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader started a wonderful blog hop called Sparks with the intent to share an inspirational thought each Monday, and she’s invited us to join her. I think this is an awesome idea, and a great way to start the week!

I chose this quote by Mandy Hale for my Spark this week because perspective has played such a major role in my life.

When we are young we have all these wonderful dreams and ideas of what our life is going to be like when we are finally grown up. Then we reach that longed for stage and discover that it isn’t all it was cracked up to be. It can be hard to come to terms with the realities of life.

What I’ve learned over the years is that we have choices about how we respond to what life brings us. We can be angry, bitter and resentful, and drag our feet through life grumbling and feeling sorry for ourselves.  Or, we can acknowledge that often our own choices have brought us to where we are,  and we can accept what transpires as lessons to be learned.

We can choose to open our eyes to the gifts we’ve been given and find the positives in our present situation, even if sometimes we have to look a little harder.  There is always good, always something to be thankful for!

When we learn to take life as it comes, and to be at peace with it, good things begin to happen.  I can assure you from my experience living here that flowers do indeed bloom in the desert!

Come and check out Sparks, find your inspiration for the week there, and maybe share something too!

untitled (51)Many of you are familiar with the “Thought for the Day” posts on my Facebook page that carry more messages of hope and encouragement. I post a new one each morning, drop by and check them out.  🙂

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

6 thoughts on “Sparks #21”

  1. Excellent spark. It is best to focus on the positives in our lives which is why I love your Ten Things of Thankful hop.XO

  2. This is a wonderful way to look at the plot twists of life. I believe it boils down to a person’s worldview. My past….the good, the bad and the ugly….has made me who I am today. And, I believe I’m exactly where I’m suppose to be at this point in my life. Granted, it may not be where I wanted to be, but it’s up to me how to proceed from here!

  3. Beautiful spark and sentiment – being grateful for what we have in life is so important. Too many people don’t have even a fraction of what we have been blessed with.
    Have a wonderful week.

  4. I agree with this quote. Often, we have preconceived notions of what we are supposed to do to be happy. Sometimes, we follow that path, even do everything “right”, but it does not turn out as we envisioned. But, when we look around and count our blessings, we realize that it is still a wonderful thing. Sometimes we even end up on a different path, which can be a great adventure that results in happiness that we did not even realize was possible.

    Indeed, we can be bitter, angry, or resentful that things did not turn out the way we think they should have, or we can realize that life is that way. We learn, we grow, we even change. We also need to remind ourselves that it is not all about us. We are responsible for our own happiness; no one else is. And, there is happiness in caring about others. It is its own reward.

    Thanks for sharing Sparks. And, happiness. Hugs.

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