Always Look on the Bright Side…

Yesterday I spent much of the day thinking on how much I was sick of 2012 and all the crappy things that happened:

– Changes at work stressed me out a great deal.

– I was frustrated with people enough to stop running my music website.

– I lost weight, BUT gained almost half of it back.

– Frustrating customers of my wife’s website enfuriated me.

– The Eagles were/are simply awful.

– Gun violence in this country was all over the media which caused me sadness and anger, sometimes at friends and family with dissenting points of view.

– The political season was brutal.

…and I kept dwelling on these things, as well as others, merely taking breaks from the stress rarely than letting it go.

But, I think this morning represents hope. After a pretty good night’s sleep, I woke up to my oldest son coming in the bedroom and asking if he can snuggle with Momma and I. After he climbed in and gave us each kisses, I closed my eyes and prayed to God that I can let these things go and trust that, just as He always has, He will get me through. As I did this, my son reached over and grabbed my hand asking, “Daddy, can I hold you hand?”

Sometimes it takes a sign to remember that God listens. Sometimes it takes all I have to stop worrying and let go. Sometimes we have to be reminded to look on the bright side of life.


~ by thepaintedman on December 19, 2012.

7 Responses to “Always Look on the Bright Side…”

  1. Aw! Justin, I’m sorry to hear you had a stressful year. I know this sounds funny coming from me but there’s a Bible verse that says something like: “Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” It just helps me remember to let go, that there will always be troubles so no need to drag them all around with you like sandbags. You are a very blessed dude to have two awesome, healthy boys, a lovely wife, a home, food and BEER! Count your blessings!

    • Thanks Jenn. Great verse.

      I overplan and overworry, and none of the crap I spend time worrying about is important enough to lose time I could be using to snuggle with my kids, hug my wife, or get some good sleep.

      Do you know where that verse is? I may need to do a bit of extra reading today.

      • I just googled it and the verse is Matthew 6:34. Lol. I went through that same thing this year because we were saving for a wedding and it was very stressful but, you know what? It worked out and we made due with what we saved. But there were times when it was very overwhelming, so I can relate.

  2. Same here on the rough year. Being OCD doesn’t help either due to my constant need to always control everything!

  3. I had a similar year. Not in the specifics, but it seemed like one crappy thing after another. I am hopeful for the next year,though. Bad things always happen, but good things always do too. Just gotta ride it through. :)

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