We look at people who are granted great responsibilities in life and we think, "Wow. What a privilege it must be to lead this or that." Yes, it's a privilege, and it also comes with a price. I've learned the more people and things I'm responsible for, the greater my challenges.
So what's the key to waking up and having a good day in spite of all that's pressing on you?
I can only tell you what I personally do, and that is determine my contribution to the day. Aside from the skills and talents I will use to get various things done it starts with my decision of what the other ingredients I'm going to include. For me, gratitude is the biggest ingredient that must go in to a good day. There isn't a good day that doesn't include it!
Whatever I'm facing, there's a temptation to look at all that I don't have rather than what I do have. I start by thanking God for all that He is, and all He's provided. I follow through on my decision to include it by thanking Him throughout the day, and cultivating an even more grateful heart. Developing more gratitude in your life starts with thanking God for everything. Recognize God's love for you in everything around you.
Yesterday I thanked him for the blooming azaleas that were on either side of me as I rode my bike down the trail I always ride. He put them there just for me. They were a gorgeous fuschia and white. Glorious eye candy! I thank Him for a simple cup of coffee. I thank him for the friend who had it in mind to call me and say, "You're on my heart...how are you?"
I've noticed that people having bad days that only seem to get worse and develop into weeks or months of bad with no improvement or breakthrough often keep rehearsing everything that's wrong around them.
When obstacles surround me, I remind myself - without God and His love and care they would be so much harder!