Monday, December 8, 2014

Motivational Monday 14 - The Good, The Bad, and The New Year

Happy December everybody! The year is drawing to a close; so many things have happened during the past 365 days, both good and bad. A couple weeks ago we had a couple days to reflect on our blessings, and I encouraged everyone in my Thanksgiving Post to forget about all of the bad things for those couple days. Unfortunately, just because we ignore our problems doesn’t mean that they go away.

Bad things happen to people, both bad people and good people. And for some reason, bad things just tend to pile up all at the same time. As the saying goes, when it rains it pours. The good news is that it can’t rain forever. Even in Ohio, one of the dreariest places during November through April, the weather doesn’t stay bad forever. It sometimes seems like the snow and slush and rain in sleet and all the other nastiness will never end, but the dreary season does eventually end and we’re gifted with beautiful weather.

Even the nasty snow and ice can be beautiful. Not everything is completely evil,
not even the bad things that happen in life. Photo courtesy of Sabrina Bailey from
The Red Room Photography.
As the year comes to a close, it’s okay to reflect on everything that’s happened this past year, both the good and the bad. Sadly, bad things are never going to stop happening. But instead of being discouraged by everything bad that has happened, I want you to realize that you’ve survived a lot. You have the potential to survive whatever happens in life. Remember that as you go into the new year.

Just like bad things are never going to stop happening, good things are never going to stop happening, either. So remember the good things that have happened this past year, and realize that even better things are on their way. Never give up hope, no matter how bad things seem; you never know what good thing is right around the corner.

Christmas is a time where both good and bad things happen. The world is full of joy and happiness; it’s the season of giving. At the same time, people are full of stress and their blood pressure rises. It’s like the whole of the year stuffed into one month. But, just like you’ve survived the year, you can also survive the Christmas season. I promise the stress won’t last forever!

Ah, Christmas. The season of joy and rising blood pressures! Photo courtesy of Sabrina
Bailey from The Red Room Photography.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year! Remember: you’re going to survive (both the Christmas season and the New Year)!


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