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Disasters or blessings depends on perspective

JoAnn Parker
Cozad, Neb.

Are the economic crises keeping you awake at night? Do you spend part of your day worrying about your financial future? Are thoughts of loosing your retirement spoiling your days?

What may originally seem like disasters could, in reality, be blessings. Everything happens for a reason, there is always something good in a bad situation. We just need to look for the good times and appreciate what we have. Learning to be content is the first step to happiness.

You no longer can go to the movies? What a blessing, to spend time together at home watching a movie on television. You can wear your comfortable pajamas and pop a bowl of corn. You still see a movie, you still get a snack, and you are still spending time together. Plus you are saving money.

You can’t got to the restaurants to eat? What a blessing, you get out those cookbooks that are gathering dust and try new recipes together.

A vacation to another state or going on a cruise is not going to be on your list of things to do this year? What a blessing, it is a perfect time to enjoy the local attractions and beauty your own state has to offer.

Above all remember to be thankful for what you have rather then angry and ungrateful because of what you don’t have. When you find yourself stressed or worrying stop and remember that regardless of your situation there is always something to be thankful for.

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You will feel much better if you stop and give thanks then if you continue to worry and be angry.

When you start to feel stress sneaking up on you try some of these stress reducers:

– Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern find out what God would have you do and let go of your anxiety. If it is a situation that you cannot do anything about then forget it.

– Every day find time to be alone.

– Every night before you go to bed think of at least one thing that you are grateful for. Something you have never been grateful for before.

– Make friends with non-worriers. Nothing will get you into the habit of worrying more then associating with habitual worriers.

– Every day do something that you really enjoy.

– Every morning when you get up thank God for the new day and make the choice that you are going to be happy. Staying positive and optimistic will keep you happier and healthier!