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Do You See The Clouds or Sunshine? It's Your Choice
Mirror Newspaper, Dec. 15, 2005, Vol. 2, Number 15
by Krystal Kuehn
“What a beautiful, sunny day,” I thought when I awoke this morning.  “It’s going to be a good day!”  I got out of bed with a new energy and a good attitude.  Then I began to wonder, what is it about today that’s different from the passed several days?  Well, it was cloudy most every other morning until this morning.  What a difference sunshine can make!  Actually, as I pondered this, I came to realize that it is so much more than that.  What it really comes down to is a choice.  Notice that I had determined in my mind that it was going to be a good day.  Every day and every hour, it is up to us to decide how we’re going to respond to situations, people, problems and plans. 

External factors can have the power to influence us, lead us to feel pressured or respond out of habit only in accordance to how much we allow them to.  And that’s just it.  How much will we allow them to?  We have a free will.  That leaves us with a responsibility to choose the good, true, just, and lovely if we want to enjoy our lives.  Even the desire to break out of old, negative patterns requires us to make a choice.  Ultimately, we are in control of our choices and attitudes.

Another key point that determined the good attitude I had for the day was the expression of my heartfelt gratitude as I enjoyed the beauty of the brightness from the sun.  A heart of gratitude always improves our attitude.  A grateful heart keeps our focus on the good in people, the possibilities, and the simple enjoyment and refreshing that can come from the things we so often take for granted.

Regardless of the weather or any other external factors, keeping our focus right will help us maintain a healthy attitude of hope and expectation of good things to come.  The warmth of the sun, the brightness of its light, the shimmer of its beauty never changes.  Clouds can block it but can’t take it away. 

The next time the clouds threaten to take your sunshine away, remember that it is shining just as bright as ever.  You don’t have to wait for the clouds to lift to experience its warmth or to appreciate its beauty.  Let it remind you that God’s mercies are new every morning.  He doesn’t change like the weather or people or situations do.  He is always there to brighten up even your darkest day.  His light will help you to see that there is hope no matter what the situation.  The warmth of His love will wrap around you and keep you safe in His care.  You can rejoice and be glad for this is the day the Lord has made and He wants you to enjoy it!

Copyright 2006 Kuehn
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Krystal Kuehn, MA, LPC, LLP, NCC is a psychotherapist, author, teacher, and musician. She is the cofounder of and where you can find hundreds of free resources, online workshops, video presentations, insights, and inspiration to empower people to develop a lifestyle of happiness and love.