Deadlines to meet. Decisions to make. Duties to do.
Schedules to keep track of. Commitments to keep. Bills to pay.
Carpools. Laundry. Emails. Homework.
It’s no wonder how life can get too serious.
And if we’re not careful, so can we.
It’s been weeks of working late, under a looming deadline, stretching beyond myself, and feeling just a little overwhelmed.
Okay. A lot overwhelmed.
Seriousness has set in.
Sure, there’s a time and a place for being serious, but living in it 24/7? Friend, that’s not for me.
And it’s probably not for you either.
This fun-loving, happy-go-lucky girl has all of a sudden become a long-faced, somber, and a bit critical person. I wasn’t even aware of it until last evening, and I’m not sure what woke me up to this reality. But what I am sure of is this has got to stop.
Friend, life can be serious, but it shouldn’t get to the point where we become a walking billboard for it. The stresses and strains of life don’t have to steal our joy. The busyness doesn’t have to replace our peace.
But all to often, it does. At least for me.
When we allow the hard stuff, the seriousness, the stresses to rule in our lives, we find our attitudes and perspectives can take a hit. And we become the person we often try to avoid. The Negative Nelly. The Debbie Downer. The Bad-Attitude Arlene.
Or Judgmental Julie. She’s got got to go.
It’s like a downward spiral. A slippery slope. Before we know it, we’ve slipped into negativity.
So what do we do? How do we go from seriousness to lightheartedness? From negative to positive?
Pray. If you know me, the first thing I’m doing today is taking it to God. I’m asking Him to help me. To change me from the inside-out. To help my heart be cheerful.
Smile and spread joy. The second thing, I’m going to smile throughout my day, and spread as much joy as I can.
Fill up with good. Third, I’m going to read and listen to uplifting, encouraging words and songs to keep my spirit in tune with God’s.
Be positive. And fourth, I plan to say nothing negative, judgmental or critical today. Nothing.
That last one might be a tough one. But by golly, I’m done being Judgmental Julie.
How about you? How is your attitude today? Is it time for a tune-up? What keeps you from allowing life to become too serious? From slipping into negativity? I’d love to read your ideas below.
May you and I be the most uplifting, encouraging, and hope-filled people in the world today. May our attitudes be ones that positively influence others. And if life has become too serious, may be guard against not becoming that ourselves. May we smile more, and maybe even slip over to the silly side for a change.
I’m cheering you on today, and sending you a smile!
Bless you, friend.
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