So often, we scramble around in our daily lives, never paying attention or keeping in perspective what is truly important.
It’s only when something huge happens to disrupt the normal that we take a step back and think.
This disruption could be a family member getting cancer, and economic scare, divorce, finding out you only have a year to live, or a crisis in our world that changes everything like we’re witnessing today.
Now, why is that? Why do we wait so long before realizing what we have? I’m not sure if I can answer that question 100%. However, I do know that as human beings, we take for granted so much and don’t give enough thanks.
Always seeking more doesn’t leave very much time to be grateful and or thankful for what we already have. Our spouses, for instance, children, a roof over our head, and food to eat. These things can all be taken away regardless of your situation in life. Disaster and tragedy know no boundaries. Money and fortune cannot save people’s souls or comfort them when hard times come. And hard times will come.
If history has taught us anything, it has taught us that we should plan for the unthinkable and unpredictable. Whether it be a civil war, a virus, a crash in the stock market, or another Great Depression, events happen that are out of our control.
Weather, disease, and what other humans are wanting/willing to do to get what they want is not in our control. Murderers, Isis, child molesters, human traffickers, or other nations that don’t want us to exist don’t care about anything other than profit, pain, and an overall sense of power.
Please don’t get me wrong countries other than the United States have these same worries and fears. Dating back to the beginning of Bible times countries and humans have not all gotten along. Some people are greedy, and nothing satisfies them. They always want more. That doesn’t mean all people are evil. However, it does mean within every race; some don’t care how or who they hurt to get to the top. They have no soul.
I only bring this up in hopes that you take a step back during these unpredictable times to realize what is truly important in your life. Regret is a horrible friend. It calls when you don’t want it to, tells you what a failure you are, and sticks around when you want it to leave.
So if you were to look at your life right now, what would you regret not doing? A straightforward yet powerful question the majority of the population doesn’t ask themselves until it’s too late. Why? Could be they’re too busy running, looking at their money portfolio, or they don’t believe that anything bad can or will happen to them. Not only is this foolish, but not realistic and sad.
If you want to invest in your future, then love and care for those that mean the most to you, protect them, invest in their lives and by that, I don’t mean to give them whatever they want, no I mean tell them you love them or take the time to spend with them. Invest in their portfolio, and yours will be filled.
Anyone can do it. A soldier, regular citizens to include children. You don’t need a particular profession to appreciate or be grateful for people, or to take care of what you love. Never assume that an individual does not have the power to change lives for the better.
By appreciating what you have, you have taken on the mindset of helping those including yourself, stay positive in bad situations and look for ways to help others as you would want to be helped. Keep things in perspective so you are available to assist.
One thing is guaranteed; we are not promised tomorrow. I’m not trying to be all doom and gloom I’m just trying to get you to stop and think about everything you have and the reason for it. Call it a Spring cleaning of the mind where you get to throw out unneeded or damaged goods and replace it with fresh air (perspective) and a whole new bright look on life.
Give freedom and health to your life by decluttering what isn’t essential, sweeping stress out the door, and embracing and giving thanks to the positive things that might have gotten covered by the weeds.
Live life to the fullest, so there is no place for regret even when the unexpected comes.
1 John 3:16-18
16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Love you, Friends.