Remember that last circumstance you found yourself in, and you couldn’t quite understand the good in it? Remember how it felt as if you were in the middle of a Halloween prank, and at any moment Ashton Kutcher was going to jump out and say, “You’ve been punked?” Yes, I know it’s fresh on your mind because we all have situations like that. I have had more than my share, and each time it never felt good. Those situations can make you skittish, hesitant, and have you looking over your shoulder waiting for the next proverbial shoe to drop. That is a hard feeling–a rough way.
I look back over the years, and I can vividly recall some of these moments in my life. I remember thinking that life was playing tricks on me, and there was no way good could ever come of “this.” Sometimes the situations had me feeling ashamed, other times nervous, but many times alone. What each situation had in common, though, was that it chiseled away at my “wanting to be optimistic” heart, and instead injected a bit of pessimism into the corners of my being. I found myself sinking into a sea of undesired thoughts, and when I raised my hand for help, it seems I sunk even further.
But, we all know that as much as we want to believe it, life is not a game. There are no tricks in our living. We can’t roll back time and change what has been; nor can we coerce our future into dealing us the best hand. What we can do, however, is stack the deck.
What if our perspective shifted? What if we understood that though life can be unexpected, how we view it can determine positive outcomes? For instance, the fact that after a hard day, we have another whole day to make things better, is a treat. The fact that we can love after heartbreak, smile after we have been let down, and forgive after we have been betrayed, is all a treat. Life is never what we expect, but the major blessing in it all is that each new day is a treat that we get to unwrap and savor.
So, what will you choose to do with your treats? Will you savor each one as they come? Will you stay so caught up in the “tricks” which appear in life that you are unable to enjoy the sweetness of what’s to come? I am guilty of holding on more to the tricks than savoring the treats. It’s time to change that.