This I Believe

Michael - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Entered on November 24, 2008

Instead

The tendency is to see what is wrong …

to count the problems,

to list the frustrations,

to remember the mistakes.

I often find it easier …

to hold onto my resentments and

to relive the bad news I’ve been told.

I can recall word for word someone’s comment …

that has made me angry or

that has hurt my feelings.

It’s hard to let go and harder yet

to see the good in those around me and

in the circumstances that cause me

challenge and pain.

But this season of the year is a season

to put all that aside,

to renew myself and

to resolve to live differently for a change,

for a change that will do me more good than

I can imagine.

Instead …

I will count the blessings.

Instead …

I will list the successes.

Instead …

I will remember all that has gone right.

And in the process,

I will begin to feel better about

myself, and

about this life.

As I do,

I will begin to let go of the negativity

within

and

begin to grasp onto the positive

that will take its place.

Instead,

I will no longer …

hold onto anger, and

cling to fear, and

react instinctively with criticism

to the people and situations

around me.

In this special season …

this season of thanksgiving,

this coming season of light,

where we celebrate …

… hope, love, joy, peace …

I will nurture these gifts,

these profound offerings of

grace.

And when I do,

I will find my life

becoming more than it’s ever been,

more than I can imagine today.

These gifts, when I use them,

I believe,

will change my life.

They will set me free.

They will offer me the healing

I seek.