Summer sweetness amid life’s bitterness

When I was a kid, I lived for summer. Afternoons spent splashing in the pool, sleeping on blankets in the grass, and slurping frozen ice pops – those were the days. It was pure bliss.

Even when I was in college, I still thought of summer with eager anticipation. Summers as a college student looked different, but were still something to look forward to – visiting friends and traveling to foreign countries and catching up with family.

Now I am a full-fledged adult. As we begin to transition into another summer, I find that I don’t have the anticipation that I used to. I have allowed myself to be so weighed down by the cares of this world that I sometimes have a hard time remembering the good things.

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3 ways to take your thoughts captive

Growing up, I’d always been rather controlled by the vagaries of my thoughts. It’s not that I sought negative feelings; but when situations arose that prompted negative feelings, I always felt powerless to do anything about it. I just assumed that there was nothing to be done except ride the wave.

It’s been so empowering, therefore, to learn that I don’t have to be a helpless victim of my circumstances.

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The hunt for gratefulness

I’ve been reading through Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are.

Ann Voskamp experienced great tragedy that scarred her for most of her life. Later in life, as an adult with 6 children, a friend challenged her to write a list of 1,000 things she was grateful for; 1,000 things that had been gifted to her. Her book is the result of that challenge, the story of how her pursuit of gratefulness changed her life completely.

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