Chris, Diana and Brody
The other night, I was telling Diana, his wife, how difficult it was for me to bring Chris into the world! He apparently, just did not want to be here! But, he finally made his grand entrance, and we were so happy and excited to meet this sweet baby and to see his cute little face! Chris has always had the ability to make me smile - it didn't matter how mad or upset I was with him - Chris could say something funny and I couldn't help but smile and forgive him (not always a good thing!). Not only is he funny, he's smart, hardworking, charming and very handsome! We sure do love him, Happy Birthday Chris!
For some reason, this time of year is always hard for me. I get melancholy and kind of moody, I guess I would call it - sad. It's something I have had to fight for many years . . . and it looks like another year of fighting!
In Proverbs 17:22 it says ~
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
We all have the ability to be cheerful or merry,
all most of the time, despite your circumstances. Cheerfulness or happiness, can't be bought or given to us by someone else, it is within us. It's waiting is for us to water it, nurture it and bring it to life! Here are a few suggestions that I find helpful - believe me, I'm not always happy and cheerful - I have to work hard at it!
1. In your morning prayers, ask Heavenly Father to help you make the decision to be cheerful on that day and always. Being cheerful is not an emotion you feel, it's a choice you make. Don't make the mistake of thinking you have no control over your feelings and emotions. You may be going through difficult or trying times, but being angry, bitter and miserable about them won't solve anything.
2. Make up your mind right now to make the most of your day, the most of every minute, every second, every breath, every heartbeat. Focus on one single thing to be cheerful about and magnify it. It may not be much, but the more you force yourself to find the good in your life and those around you, the easier it will become to recognize all the small miracles in your everyday life.
3. Bloom where you are planted. Don't wait until you are in a better place to let your light shine, be content where you are now. You may not be in the best place, or the place you want to be, but if you gripe and complain, you will never get there. If you can remain cheerful and excited about your future, make no mistake, God will reward you and transplant you to a better place. It may not be a physical place but a better place mentally!
4. Don't hide your beautiful smile, light the world with it. Not only does it relax your body, it helps keep it healthy. Don't wait until things in your life are going well to smile, do it now.
5. Learn how to serve and to give. Give encouragement, give a smile, give a hug, give cookies, give hope. When you give of yourself, your time, and your resources, not only will you make others happy, but you will feel whole, complete, happy and cheerful.
Martha Washington said:
I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
Hugs and love,