One of the most memorable words of advice I ever received was from a clinical nutritionist and doctor that I highly respect. He said to say thank you in every situation/circumstance and FOR every situation/circumstance. Life is a gift, learn to see it as one.
Easier said than done, yes? Well, he also said that we must be a good steward of our bodies. We must do what we can to take care of it.
Now, combine those two thoughts together. What does that ultimately boil down to?
THIS –> An attitude of gratitude, letting go of control in certain circumstances, and finding contentment in the heart of all matter.
That’s where we begin to live.
Stress, Relationships, Health, Financial strains… they can all be part of our weaknesses. They can all CONTROL us because we are trying so HARD to control them.
And I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve fallen into that control trap.
But what if we shifted focus? Instead of allowing our weaknesses to control us, what if we thanked them. Like the advice above. Then that weakness loses its grip on us and becomes CONTENTMENT.
I speak of this today is because our circumstances changed not once, but twice within the past 24 hours. The kiwi and I both thought we’d be hanging up our BIG DREAM and looking for real 9-5 jobs. I could have sat there and stressed, knowing quite well that my body would react to it. I could have sat there screamed/cussed (oops, yes, that has happened), knowing that I would regret my reaction. And in return I’d stress more over the fact that I reacted poorly.
My stomach was in knots and I had a choice to choose… REACT with STRESS, or…stop, pray, ask God for peace and thank Him for the good we already have in our lives.
I chose the latter, I chose contentment. And little did I know that HE would answer prayers within the next 8 hrs.
CONTENTMENT is within us if we choose to find it and accept it. Will you?
Cheers to a Marvelous Monday!
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New Healthy Bites recipe, giveaway, and more workouts coming later this week. I think they will make you content. ;p