Is this a sign I am going in the right direction? As I was completing the final edits on my blog this week, I received this from Keith:
Today, I’d like to send you a thought about being happy with your life after having a stroke.
First of all, I realize that this is a weird time with the whole Covid thing going on. It is tough when you can’t see your family and friends like your used to. Even when you do, you have to be careful and “Social Distance” yourself.
Then, with all of the chaos that is taking place for us right now…anger, injustice, racism, and just a question of our own future, it makes for a tough time.
But, I’d like to talk about your own personal happiness right now.
It’s as if no-one wants to show their good attitude to others due to all of the problems we see in our society today.
We feel guilty when we show a positive attitude, especially after having had a stroke.
We ask ourselves the questions; “Who am I to be happy? How can I be the one who is leading the way by being a positive influence out in the world right now? Should I be depressed and down due to what I have went through?”
Please allow yourself the permission and gift of being happy!
Yes, you can be concerned about all of things that are going on in your life currently.
At the same time you can still work toward making your life, and the life of others, a great place to be.
I’ve been generally happy my whole life.
Not that I haven’t been broke and lost it all in the past, failed many times (more than I want to admit), felt tired and ready to give up, moved around and around trying to find my place.
I’ve been depressed and discouraged, especially after having the stroke.
No doubt I’ve also been very lucky, and blessed with so many great friends and family (not to mention my incredible wife) in my life.
But being positive with all of the STUFF we have gone through is a CHOICE!
It is sometimes very hard to change, I get it. However, you can make this change if you need to.
I am reminded of my own Dad when I am feeling sorry for myself. He has gone through a ton in his life…Had cancer when he was in his 30’s, lost his business, broke his neck (was shoeing a horse, and got pushed over into a huge tractor tire), had a stroke recently, and yet still has a great attitude at the age of 83. We tease him and tell him he has 9 lives!
He has made the choice to be happy.
I know it’s not always easy! It’s difficult to find happiness in life. Remember, you are not the only one that has gone through tough times. We all do.
However, you can make the choice to work on yourself and grow your own joy.
Don’t be ashamed of being the one who chooses to be happy.
It can be a great power for you, and set a great example for those you care about and love.
Have a great week!
This is the kind of thing I want to focus on in my blog…and I received it AFTER I wrote my blog. I don’t know about you, but I think this was a sign that I am going in the right direction!