Choose your own headlines

I had a client this week who said that she doesn’t have any time for herself each week.  Another client said that she doesn’t have fun anymore, she can’t think of anything she does that is fun in her life anymore. It has really stayed with me all week.  I then read a facebook post that I loved. It said,

“Sometimes I just want it to stop. Talk of COVID, protests, brutality.  I lose my way. I become convinced that this new normal is real life. Then I meet an 87-year-old- who lived through polio, diptheria, Vietnam protests and yet is still enchanted with life.  He seems surprised when I say that 2020 must be especially challenging to him. “No”, he said slowly looking me straight in the eyes.  “I learned a long time ago to not see the world through the printed headlines, I see the world through the people that surround me, I see the world with the realization that we love big.  Therefore I choose to write my own headlines. “Husband loves wife today” “”old man makes a new friend”

His words collide with my worries, freeing them from the tether I had been holding tight.  They float away. I am a left with a renewed spirit. My headline now reads “Woman overwhelmed by the spirit of kindness and the reminder that our capacity to love is never-ending.”

It echoes the bible verse “the thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly”.  What are your headlines this week? You choose them.  You choose your mindset. You choose how much joy is in your life? We choose whether to be a Mary or a Martha! We can be so busy doing things, even doing things for Jesus, that means you don’t spend time with Him. It made me think about the goal to do 10,000 steps a day that people seem to create as a goal but are those 10,000 steps for God, or for you.  I want my headline to be “Jo takes every step with God” and “Jo feels joy in every step she takes”.  Take a moment to decide what your headline will be for this week.   


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