Learning To Be Happy

I just re-read something I found a bit ago. It goes something like this, “Every Day you must unlearn the ways that hold you back. You must rid yourself of negativity, so you can learn to fly.”
How many of us without thinking allow the negative into our lives, allow things that may not ever take place worry us to the point we cannot sleep. What we are doing is cheating ourselves and others of a quality of life. We spend so much time thinking about the negative in our life we fail to see the ways we can fly.
What would have happened if Christ had lived his life in a negative manner? How many people would he have reached? He knew his future; he knew his fate. We on the other hand only know that some day we will know longer be on this earth.
Do we want to be remembered for the fact that we found nothing to be positive about? Do we want to be remembered for our negative attitude about ourselves and others? Or do we want to fly? Do we want to influence others to shine as they see our light?
I for one choose to be positive no matter what happens in my life. I choose to believe that all things have a purpose and how I perceive that purpose determines my perspective on my life.
Negative things, people or happenstance have no room in our ability to fly. They act as an anchor to hold us down. While we may not be able to change the happenstance, people or things we can choose to not be negative, we can choose to fly.
I choose to FLY!!!!!! Who wants to fly with me?

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Repetitive Complaining

Have you ever known someone that was constantly complaining about one thing or another? It did not matter what good things were going on in their life, everything was always doom and gloom.

I have known a few of those folks in my life. Their aura is filled with negative energy and therefore they attract every negative thing that comes their way. Even if something good happens they find something wrong with it.

I read this saying the other day and it struck me how true this is. “Repetitive complaining will attract things for you to complain about. Repeated gratitude will attract things for you to be thankful about.”  
We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:18
 – In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Even in times of trials we are to give thanks. We are not to complain.

In my life I have been through many trials, I have been at the bottom of the well and at the top of the mountain. I have been without and have had plenty. The thing I learned was to be grateful for even the smallest blessing. To be grateful for the largest trial. Both things were for my benefit and edification. I learned that by being grateful and by being appreciative for the things I was blessed with including the trials, I was blessed even more in ways I never imagined.

Complaining does nothing but destroy one’s emotional, mental, spiritual and physical being. It eats away at the person like a cancer and drives away those who are important. If we want to become more like Christ, then we must follow his example of always being grateful. We must express that gratitude to God and those around us. We must shine that light for the world to see and follow.

We are all on a journey, we all have life experiences, if we make those a guidepost as opposed to a hitching post, we can have repeated gratitude for all things that happen.

I agree that human nature says, complaining is the way to go. However, our example is not human nature our example is Jesus. Being openly grateful allows us to have peace in our lives. Being grateful draws us closer to God. Being grateful allows others to see God in us. Being grateful attracts more things for us to be grateful about. That is one of the best blessings there is.