For today’s post, I’m linking up with the gang of writers at Five Minute Friday, where our prompt of the week is if.
It’s easy in life to think of all of the what-ifs, and come up feeling mostly regret.
What if I had made different decisions, or done things differently? What if I had performed better, or refrained from certain actions? What if life had been easier, gone more smoothly, and things had been different? What if I had a better job, made more money, or had my dream home?
What if my life had gone according to my plan?
The fact is, we all have some regrets. A few are perhaps legitimate, in which case we need to seek and receive forgiveness and do something to make things right, or extend forgiveness to someone who has truly wronged us. In the end, we must let them go.
But our what-ifs are a choice.
What if I began each day with quiet and focus, giving it to God and waiting to hear and receive the direction, strength and wisdom I need.
What if I looked for the good in each person and situation, and trusted that good can come even out of the bad or difficult?
What if I allowed myself and others grace and used my gifts and resources for positive changes in my life and the lives of those around me?
What if I accepted each moment as a gift, rather than dwell on the past or reach too hard for the future?
What if I slowed down to enjoy my precious life and actually stopped to smell the flowers?
What if I practiced choosing gratitude and learned to let more things go?
I believe we do have choices.
And I pray that I can live my life with my eyes looking up and my heart open to give and receive the good gifts all around me.