Friday, August 12, 2011

Happy About My Life: Off-times

It is so easy to complain, especially with the world the way it is right now. The tone of the world has turned negative. Generally, most people had hope but now it seems that panic and discontentment rules the day. Few are happy about life. Just in the last few weeks, we’ve seen a rash of murder-suicides, people who thought their lives were so horrible that death, and the death of their families, seemed like a better option. And this negativity is highly contagious.

I think the most dangerous thing is that this negativity is so common. Now it’s weird to have peace and joy, even among believers. I noticed this invasion of negativity in my own life. I found myself thinking how horrible my life was, and honestly, it’s not that bad. I actually have a great life, but the negativity of the world had my mind all skewed. I realized that I had to find a way to combat that negativity, so I decided to start focusing on the things I love about my life. Hopefully, reading my random list will help you feel better about your life.

I love the fact that… I can run errands during off-times.

The other day, I went in to the doctor because I was suffering with some sinus issues. The doctor put in for me to have a CT scan of my sinuses to see if there was an underlying problem.  I had to have blood work to make sure my liver could handle the imaging dye. This was a Friday at around 4:30pm. Since I was already in the hospital, I went to the lab.


It was packed. Every seat was filled and there was a line to check-in.  I took one look at the line and left.

Fast forward three days to Monday. I went to the lab at 4:30pm to get my blood work done and guess what? There was no one in the lab but the tech. It took me less than ten minutes to get the blood work done. Not many people can do that. I went to the commissary after that and there was more than one cashier with no customers.  

That may not seem like a big deal, but when I listen to others complain about how long they have to wait for simple things like post office trips and doctor’s appointments, I’m very thankful that’s not my reality.

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