Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.” I say, “Life is like the weather – unpredictable; sometimes full of sunshine; sometimes full of clouds.” We can’t control certain circumstances in life, much like we can’t control the weather. Does the “weather” in your life determine your happiness?
Sometimes, we sabotage our own chance at happiness by our attitude. We say, “If only I had this, or that, then I’d be happy.” “If only I was like him/her, then I’d be happy.” “If only I was rich, then I’d be happy.” Happiness is a choice. When we learn to be grateful for what we have in our life, instead of focusing on what we don’t have, then we can be happy.
Pleasant moments in life are like warm, sunny days. Be grateful for the sunshine and the warmth – it’s not going to last forever, you know. When we have major problems, it’s like dark, stormy days. Be grateful for the waters that will replenish the earth – in these times, be thankful that God is giving us trials to make us grow stronger. When we’re confused and lost, it’s like a foggy day – we can’t see much of where we’re going. Be grateful for the chance to trust completely in God and to let Him take our hand and guide us through the fog. On cold days when we can’t do much but just sleep in, be grateful for the chance to rest, for our bodies to heal, for the chance to meditate and to talk to God.
Remember, the only thing that we can control is our attitude. Learn to be happy; choose to be grateful, whatever the weather, the circumstances, in life are. As Vivian Greene said, “Life’s not about waiting for the storms to pass.. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”