On-Again Off-Again Grace

By susanpeabody 07/16/18

I woke up the other day with no money in my purse. I went in the kitchen to get some cereal and we were out of food. Naturally I assumed I was going to have a bad day.

I decided to go for a walk and around the corner and a women was putting boxes on the sidewalk. I stopped to chat and she explained that she was going on vacation and needed to get rid of all her food so it would no spoil. She offered it to me. I smiled and thanked her. I decided that it was going to be a good day after all.

After breakfast, my partner Frank and I went out for a drive in the country. While we were out we had a car accident. "I guess is it going to be bad day after all," I told myself. The silver lining was that the day before I had bought some car insurance and so I was covered for accidents.

Frank and I went home and I decided to water the garden. I tripped on the hose and fell on the concrete. My first thought was "Thank you Lord." This is because I knew right away that nothing was broken.

I took a shower and, told Frank I was going to take a nap. I rested well, changed the bandages on my knees and went to mail box. There I found a check for $37 from a friend in Texas.

I then came inside to write on my blog. I thought about this day and decided that I had learned something. There are no good days or bad days, there are just interesting days and boring days. This day was very interesting.

I also noted that every time something bad happened it was followed by something good. I believe this is because I remained optimistic throughout the whole adventure.

I learned about the power of optimism in 1982 from Alcoholics Anonymous, Mary Baker Eddy, and Norman Vincent Peale. I decided to try it and it worked. Suddenly old expressions that I used to laugh at made sense. When a door closes a window opens.

Today I teach and write about optimism. Try it; you will like the results.


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