by Carole Brown
Five Tips to Live Happily When Your Life’s Rose Has Thorns
by John Roxell
If life were a rose would I smell it?
Or would the fear of the bee’s sting hold me back?
If life were a rose would I take pleasure in its lucid color?
Or would the brevity of its glow cloud its sunshine?
If life were a rose would I marvel at its delicate changing form?
Or would the falling of its petals bury the moment of its triumph?
If life were a rose would I pick the frail flower to be my own?
Or would the thorns create a barrier causing me to leave it behind?
If life were a rose.
1. We don’t always take advantage of the opportunities that are given us. But don’t despair. Follow your instincts, ask advice from trustworthy friends and family. Seek God’s face for His will for each one that is offered. That is the perfect solution for knowing which opportunity to accept.
2. Life is full of bee stings. That’s a fact. Deaths, disappointments, rejections, setbacks, illness, loss-nothing is perfect in life. But remember, we’re humans, and most, find some way to go on living. Take joy in your overcoming experiences. Take heart that you have another chance, another day. Refuse to allow sad and hurtful things get you down. None of these disappointments will last forever–except the loss of a loved one, but even in that, we know we can see them again someday.
3. Take time to enjoy the world about you. Laugh and play with children. Take a stroll around town, in the country, in the park or by a lake. Watch the sunrise some early morning, or tell someone you love them. Dance in the rain. Thrill at the sight of blue lightning streaking through the dark clouds. Smile at a checkout person. Go see an older, lonely person. Love a pet. Call someone. Mainly, enjoy life. Enjoy the day God’s given you.
4. Realize that nothing stays the same forever. We get older and older, then old. Sickness comes. Death comes. We lose jobs. We have to move. Expenses come that take that saved-back money. We don’t always get what we want, but isn’t that good–in some ways? How else can we learn to trust God? Has God a better plan for us that we can’t see at the time? Learning to leave it all in God’s hands is hard, but necessary if we are to be as a trusting child, knowing God will take care of us. Learn it!
- Don’t shun the small things. So what he didn’t get you a huge bunch of flowers! That
bouquet of wild ones, meant he took time to go into the fields or alongside the country roads to hand-pick them for you. You didn’t get a big birthday cake? But your favorite grandchild gave you a hand drawn card with all the love his/her little heart could put into it. Don’t always expect the “big” things when the small ones are so much more precious. Appreciate each gift you’re given!
Wishing you a happy, happy day–today!