Today's post is an addition to the Turn It series and a beautiful bonus from my friend, Paige. Check her out over at Approaching Joy, but not yet...cause you gotta read this first!Isn't the natural world awesome?
I mean if it were my job to make apples, I'm pretty sure I would have been impressed with a Red Delicious and would have stopped there.
But Nature? Not a chance.
Granny Smith, Gala, Jonathan…Nature knows that when it comes to apples (and most everything else) variety, options, something that differs from the rest is a good thing.
I think it's the same with our own blessings and the things which we count under "things to be thankful for" column. It's easy to see the good things and be thankful for them - super supportive friends, a loving family, a home that is comfortable and warm. These things are the obvious blessings of the "Red Delicious" variety.
It's the other things that aren't easy to see as blessings. Stressful Mondays, mortgage payments, traffic jams, crying kids… these all just seem like the low points of life. But when you take a second and step back, you realize that these are simply Granny Smith blessings.
The stressful Mondays mean you are healthy and productive.
The mortgage payments mean you have a roof over your head.
The traffic jams mean your family wasn't involved in the wreck ahead.
The crying kids mean you were blessed with little ones.
So many people don't have these things to be thankful for.
So next time you're sitting in traffic, writing that check, or wiping those tears, remember that this distinctly tart variety of blessing makes you appreciate the sweeter blessings more fully.
Thank you for your words of perspective, Paige!! Those tart blessings are right there for us to discover if we just turn our perspective a bit. So good!!
XO, Paige and MJ