Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose...most times you choose between the two"*

In the backyard of the home I just moved from, I had a birdhouse mounted on a tall post. My husband, Rich, made it for me for a special occasion one year. I had flowers planted in pots hanging on the post along with the sign, "To everything there is a season." This phrase comes from a verse in in the Bible in the book of Ecclesiastes. Having these words posted in a garden was appropriate, don't you think? But that phrase refers to so much more than flowering plants going in and out of season. Our lives are made up of numerous seasons because we live in an ever-changing world.

This morning I read the phrase:
"Whatever the season of life, attitude makes all the difference."

I was thinking about one of my coaching clients who called yesterday to tell me he had to re-schedule our appointment because his 90 year old grandmother had been hospitalized and he needed to help his mom with some issues related to his grandmother's condition. "Grandma" refuses to leave her home even though she struggles to adequately and safely care for herself there anymore. My client is in one of those seasons we all encounter which challenges our comfort and contentment level.

I'm in one of those seasons myself. I don't do well with chaos and moving tends to be chaotic most of the time. It's easy to let frustration, disappointment and maybe even anger pull us off-track. We can get so irritated we lose perspective.

I don't want to let the frustration of a season hinder my ability to see and experience other things which can bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart. What things could you be missing today due to a difficult season? How can you look past the discomfort and take full advantage of your day? I don't want to miss a thing!

"The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances."
Martha Washington

(If you want to check out the nifty hidden pot hangers I used in my backyard, look at

*lyrics by Carole King, "Sweet Seasons" from the album "Music" originally released 1971 Ode Records.

Photo: Yuriy (image #3697348)

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