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“When you wake up each morning, you can choose to be happy or choose to be sad. Unless some terrible catastrophe has occurred the night before, it is pretty much up to you. Tomorrow morning, when the sun shines through your window, choose to make it a happy day.” – Lynda Resnick
For me, the best thing about 2018 is that it is almost over. If I have had a worse year, I cannot recall it. My wife died, my father died, and my father-in-law (a man I have respected for nearly 50 years) will likely die before the year is out. I had to go to the emergency room in the middle of the night because of difficulties breathing. I have had money and job challenges.
Despite all that, when I wake up each morning I choose to have a happy day. More often than not, I succeed.
In spite of setbacks, my life is still more good than bad. My first grandchild arrived this year. I learned that I have at least one friend I can call after midnight to take me to the emergency room; a friend who not only will take me, but stay with me until I can go home, and whose wife calls later that day to see if I am okay. Despite financial alarums and excursions, all my bills got paid, and there is still money in the bank. I have a roof over my head and food on my table. I have family and friends who care.
We all have troubles. Yet we all have blessings, too. Too few people focus on their blessings instead of their troubles. In the absence of a terrible catastrophe the night before (and I have had several of those days this year) I choose to focus on my blessings.