Life does not just happen to you…

Sitting here wondering about life, I am deeply grateful for a lot of things. Life is filled with many interesting twists and turns.

Yesterday should have been nice “Motivational Monday” post. However, feeling the pressures of off-line life, the words didn’t come together as they should.

The day slipped further out of my control. Today, more things seem to want to derail the plans.  But then, I sit back and think. I’m really blessed.

I have a ton of first world problems. A ton of reasons to feel overwhelmed. I got a lot of worries to think about, yet I’m still looking towards the bright side of things.


More like… why not! The deal is this. It is not for lack of life’s beat down that negativity seems to elude me. It’s because I am grateful to have the option to make a choice to be positive.

I’m not going to expose my full life here on this post. Suffice it to say, the past few day and a half has tested a lot of my positive energy.  It just feels good to be able to look back at life and smirk. “You didn’t break me.. ha!”

That perverse joy that comes from laughing back at life. It’s hard. It’s a grind. It’s stressful. But it has not broken me one bit.

Call it maturity. Call it life experience. I don’t know what you call it. Grit maybe.

Who cares.

For me, it works. I can thumb my nose at life and keep getting back up. That is why I’m able to find some joy in this season of testing. This is why I’m able to find some reason to smile. It’s the fuel that keeps me going when life wants to stop me in my tracks.

Sure, it feels bad that I don’t have the extra time I want to blog whenever I want. But the fact I can still push back and keep making progress, that to me is reason enough to smile.

Life has not beaten me. Life is not happening to me. Life is working for me. Life is working with me. I’m getting stronger. I’m getting better. I’m growing constantly.

That is how I see my journey. That is what keeps me going. As I learned as a child in church, God will not give you more than you can handle.

That truth has held true all these years. Now, I’m embracing it, reveling in it. I got this. I can handle this. Life is not beating me. Life is preparing me for better.

p.s. sure wish life had a softer hand at times… but hey…it’s not human, it can’t feel all that good anyway 🙂

Dear Reader,

Take life by the horns. Make it as good as you can. Keep getting back up. The best is yet to come. Just make it through the worse of it first, then, relish the best when it comes as you enjoy it now with a smile.


…Life happens with you for you.

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