Potatoes, Pokémon, pets…we also need those P’s in our lives but the three I seem to need most are prayers, patience & positivity. Regardless if you are a religious person or not, prayers are needed everyday. Prayers for sick family members or friends, prayers for our soldiers, prayers for yourself.
Praying can be an awkward thing…do I have to be on one knee like when I was a small child in church? Do my eyes have to be closed? Will the big man upstairs take me seriously if I’m praying from the bathroom? In my opinion, he hears you no matter what your position or location. I’ve heard many people ask why they should pray, because they are never answered. Prayers to win the lottery or to find Mr./Mrs. Right when you were supposedly dating him last week may not get a response but others may.
Write down your prayers. I have a small prayer box filled with prayers for people I care about who may need uplifting in spirits. I also include prayers for myself and our country. Your prayers are yours, there isn’t a right or a wrong even if they include the lottery or Mr./Mrs. Right.
Patience is a work in progress for me, honestly. I’ve always been the type of person that needs instant gratification. For me, the short term pleasure eventually leads to long term pain. Relationships, friendships, career moves…I must stay away from shiny people & things (except glitter, I love glitter). God moves on his own time.
You must learn to deal with delays without getting upset or angry and realize you may be protected from something due to your waiting. How many of us have witnessed an accident and realized if we had been 5 minutes earlier, it would have been us? Rushing through life prevents you from appreciating what you have. Take some time and slow down, be patient with yourself and others.
Positivity. Positivity. Positivity. I can’t say it enough. It can change your life! Find good things in everything you do. I get it, it is hard at times but if you have a roof over your head, food in your belly and you are breathing…you are blessed way more than others. It is hard to be an adult at times. My belief is that we should all receive “Adult of the month” awards for just making it through.
Surround yourself with positive people. I call them sunshine individuals…they light up a conversation and touch everyone they are around. Strive to be that person, you never know when one positive or kind word can change a person’s day. Be encouraging and remind others to not give up. I will say it again, life is hard. Don’t make it harder by being negative or rude.
At the end of the day, you are blessed beyond belief. Just take the time to see it. Be happy for others, forgive those who wronged you so you can move on, and smile more. It’s beautiful.