At the beginning of my Thirty Days of Looking for the Good challenge I wasn’t really trying to accomplish anything big. It was me making a commitment to my blog. Perhaps it was the low expectations that I started with that made this month possible. Today I feel success. Rarely do I look back on a project and not have regrets or self-criticisms. I am sure there are things I could have done better with this challenge, but I really don’t feel the need to nit pick. The fact that I am not tempted to pull apart the experience looking for faults tells me that there has been a small change for the better in my thoughts.
Looking for the good in each day has helped me to have more good days in a month than I can ever remember having. Even on my bad days this month I have been able to find one thing to write about that brought me joy, even the smallest seed of it. By dwelling on that good moment it got bigger in my mind. It made my day brighter. My shoulders relaxed and the weight fell away. Because I wrote every evening, I went to bed feeling satisfied with my day, or perhaps just a portion of my day. Then, every morning, I would wake up and life seemed doable. There were mornings where I would bound out of bed, eyes wide open to see any good I could possibly find. There were even days where I felt overwhelmed by the amount of good I encountered.
All of it comes down to one thought in my mind, perhaps that Paul guy knew what he was talking about in Phillipians chapter four verse eight, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” I would say the verse speaks for itself. Without even realizing it until today I put it into practice.
Now I have to be honest, I still worry and fret over things. I create a lot of frustration and anxiety for myself by dwelling on things that really are out of my control. This just tells me though that I have a few more habits to build. The past month has shown me that I am capable of doing just that.
My hope is that you will be encouraged to find something in your life that you could do to make every day a little happier. Build a good habit. If I can do it, I know you can!
Perhaps I will have to do another thirty days of something, but not right away. I think I might need time to recover from this writing spree. Interesting news though! Thirty Days of Looking for the Good is going to be compiled, added to and polished to become my very first e-book! No promises on when it will be ready for readers, because I have never done this before, but I am excited to figure it out.
Thank you!! Thank you thank you! To everyone who has read and enjoyed, commented, liked and shared my Looking for the Good posts. I hope you learnt something, were encouraged, or merely entertained! Having readers has been a good in my day for the last thirty days. God bless every one of you!
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