Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. -Charles R. Swindoll

This post is a nod to an old (really, really old) friend who has inspired me on a day I needed it.  In the course of one conversation, he turned an illness his family had over the holidays into a blessing because he was able to spend more time with his children, and he was also was able to identify the tremendous progress he has made, in one year’s time, on a work-related challenge.

So, really, I’m not saying anything new… you can turn any situation into a positive one by the way you look at it.  Simple, almost ridiculously easy concept, but it is life-changing, if you work at using it regularly.  I have seen people in AA suffer horrible tragedies, yet maintain their inner joy, because they know this simple truth:  reacting to inevitable negative life events in a negative way will simply compound a problem; reacting with acceptance and gratitude for all that is good in the face of negative events will create the happy, joyous and free life to which we all aspire.

Easy to say, not easy to do, but I am renewed in my determination to make looking at the bright side my instinct!

Today’s Miracle:

Sharing laughter and joy with a life-long friend


Posted on January 9, 2013, in Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I am in awe of your new format. I love the daily miracle. Today is my birthday (49) and I saved this post for the end of my day. What an incredible way to close out my day. I am so grateful you are in my life. with love, lisa


    • Happy, happy birthday! I hope you did something very special to celebrate. I wish I could bake a cake for you (like my pac man cake, but maybe for you I would attempt Sponge Bob!). I am honored that you even read my blog, I am overwhelmed that you would save it for a treat!!


      • It was a great day. One of the best that I can remember. Thanks for the offer to bake a cake. I believe you would bake one too. On another note, I’m just a regular girl. I’m honored you read my posts too.


  2. Happy Birthday Lisa!


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