Today is a dreary day. Rain is falling, darkness is looming, and my condo is freezing. Everyone seems to be hurting lately in my life and I have too much to do and not enough time. So, I'm sitting here asking myself, "Do I give in to misery and mope around like Eeyore or do I choose to see the sunshine that I believe is coming and bounce around for joy like Tigger?" Do I focus on the tragedies or count my blessings? It would be easy to curl up in bed and cry or to just retire on the sofa and drown out the thoughts with a pointless reality show. However, what does that accomplish? In fact, I think it may even lead to feeling worse than before it happened. Do I surrender to stress and fear or do I stand tall and say, "No way!" No way, that my day is going to be ruined by something that won't even matter next week. No way am I going to be unproductive, lazy, and selfish when there are much more serious problems in the world today such as malnutrition, war, and disease. No way am I going to feel sorry for myself when I have a roof over my head, food on the table, clothes on my body, a bed to sleep in, clean water, shoes that fit, people that love me, a job, an awesome church, an awesome God, an awesome life compared to the other 75% of people that don't live this way. No way am I going to be a Debbie Downer when my life on the whole is that of which should make me a Happy Helen. I AM blessed and the more I remind myself of that, the more my spirits are lifted. Matter of fact, sometimes it's the darkness that reminds me how fortunate I am to have the light in my life. We need to be humbled from time to time and be grateful for what we DO have. We have so much more than we deserve. Most of us aren't saving lives by the thousands on a daily basis, ending world hunger, stopping pollution, helping animals weekly, or running for President. What did we do to deserve the American life? We were born lucky. That is it. It is a gift and if we don't appreciate it, we might lose it. I am thankful. I am blessed. Even when it rains....