No story for today. This week’s Narrative
and Book Review
took up all my stories and writing for this week. Sad. I know. I’m sorry.
Instead, I’d like to share a quote I came across today. Not for the first time, but I had it saved somewhere, and although I’m generally an organized person, quotes, writings, and loose leaf papers are my Achille’s heel. I can’t seem to organize them- which is fine with me, because then I find these gems at the randomest and awesomest moments.
“Much unhappiness results from our inability to remember the nice things that happen to us.”
– W. N. Rieger
Most often than not, we forget the good, remember the bad- or worse, we allow ourself to muse the bad over and over until we’ve scrutinized every single detail, until we can feel the hurt, the pain, the anger keenly and deeply all over again. We allow it to grow bigger and bigger. The more we dwell on the bad, on the ugly, it gradually hyperbolizes until it’s something that takes up our whole.
We are so ready to focus on the negative that we allow it to wipe out the faint memories of the good in life. We are so prone to complain about the time God didn’t answer our prayers the way we wanted Him to, that we forget to praise Him for the times He exceeded our expectations, the times He’s been there for us answering prayers we hadn’t even known to pray.
One day it’ll be shown to us how many times God has sent angels to our rescue when we weren’t even aware we needed help- instead, we complain about trifles in comparison.
Maybe we should take time to praise more often. Maybe we should try to be more prone to have thankfulness escape our lips than curses. Maybe we should try to remember the nice things that happen to us, and be so busy with those memories, that we have no time to reach far back and remember the bad things that might so easily cloud our thoughts. Maybe we should thank more often.
Just a thought.