Many people I know are going through tough times. It makes me wonder if the earth is shifting, because it sure feels like it. I can totally identify with my writer, Erin Wyble Newcomb, and this issue’s Family Matters article, Pruning for Families to Flourish.
Just like Erin, I look at those barren branches on bushes around my house and can see that they need to be pruned. The dead branches need to be cut off so that the other healthy branches can flourish and bloom.
This is so true in my life, and it seems like I am constantly pruning. As you can tell, I talk about this quite frequently in OHV: always staying positive and letting go of the negative; that life is too precious to waste my energy on negative situations or people. I’m a very positive person who chooses to find the good in myself and others.
Yes, negative things happen, and that’s life—which can suck sometimes—but we have no control over other people or their lives. We can only control how we react to people and situations. Especially in times of crises, we really need to reflect on our own behavior, because we sure in heck can’t control someone else’s. Trust me, we think we can, but we can’t!
Life is all about choices. Just like we teach our children at a young age—good choices equal good consequences; poor choices equal less-desirable consequences—so, too, do we all have to make good choices, including letting go of unnecessary relationships and obligations.
I choose not to waste my energy worrying about yesterday because it’s gone, and I don’t worry about tomorrow because it’s not here yet. What I do have is today. Despite circumstances, today I can make amends and move forward. I’ve learned to forgive more, laugh more and love more. I call upon my faith to guide me through tough days that are sad, hard and mentally exhausting and ask for strength, courage and guidance for myself and for those I love.
As Erin says, we need more sunshine, more fresh water and a chance to reconnect with our roots. Let’s let the light shine and be thankful for all that we have at this moment. Be kind, honest and true to yourselves. As I tell myself and others, be the best you can be.
OHV is a prime example of that expression of positive energy I want for myself and all of you! As we move toward the end of the year, I hope this month’s issue will inspire you to choose to have a wonderful holiday season.