Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today . . .I Decide

As I sit here, it is Wednesday night and I am completely exhausted - physically, mentally, and emotionally.   We are having Vacation Bible School at our church this week and, for the first time, I am participating as a parent, a church member, a volunteer (kind of), AND a staff member.  It has been unexpectedly trying, yet uplifting and joyful, too.

I finally sat down to breathe around 9:30 tonight and realized that I had not yet typed up my Thursday Blog Rerun post for this week.  I had something planned on paper, but, instead of going with what was penciled in, I started searching through old blog posts to find one I wanted to re-post.  Pretty soon, I landed on this one and, as the saying goes, it "spoke" to me.

This week I have been tired and distracted. I have tried to juggle it all and, most of the time, I know I was largely unsuccessful.  At the very least, I was a quintessential Jack Jill of many trades and master of NONE.

Tomorrow is the last day of VBS and my last chance to do it better.  As the week wraps up, I will say good-bye to friends and then travel to see old friends I haven't visited in far too long.  I will smile, sing, and maybe (probably) cry.  I will, once again, wear many hats.  It will be a whirlwind, no doubt. This passage, however, reminds me that my outlook is my choice and, so, tomorrow I will choose to focus on the positive. 

This was originally posted on March 16, 2011.


Each Day We Choose 

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that
thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a
quest to discover new relationships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy
because I have a job to go to!

Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my
mind and fill it with knowledge and adventure.

Today I can dejectedly murmur because I have housework to do or I can
feel grateful for shelter for my mind, body and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped, and here I am, the
sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to
me. And I shall decide what kind of day I shall have!

How will you live THIS DAY?

~Author Unknown


Janine Huldie said...

Absolutely beautiful and I will tell you today Emma will turn 5 and we will celebrate her day in style with a Frozen theme party later in the day. So, I truly have so much to be thankful for on this day and will never forget it as long as I live that 5 years ago my first born came into my life :)

Ginnymarie said...

I've been the director of VBS at my church for many years, and I know how exhausting it is! I'm always so rewarded at the end of the week, though, with how wonderful everything turns out. That said, I'm relieved that our VBS was over in June this summer!

Allison C said...

Prayers for you! I volunteered to be a crew leader at our VBS this week and that has been exhausting enough...I couldn't imagine having to put more in. Thank you for your time and yes, stay positive and also rest.

Eli J. Pacheco said...

VBS is a big commitment - and I'm just talking about attending with kids! We all should remember that not every post needs to be of epic lengths. And that a post that tells why we don't have time to post, is actually a post in itself!

Plus, to someone like me, this post is brand new.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Hope you enjoyed your time away!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

That does indeed make it a very special day!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

It is so much work and I saw it from a whole new perspective this year as a staff member.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

It is a big commitment, but it was a success!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

That was my hope, Eli! That, to many readers, this would be brand new and that to all readers it would be something inspiring!

Kristi - Finding Ninee said...

Wow, sounds exhausting (and also wonderful), Lisa! I hope this week is more restful for you? Can you take some time to just chill out at the pool?? I hope so!
PS Scheduled this to pin!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Left right after VBS and headed to the beach! :-) Thanks for pinning!

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