Sometimes I let myself get too wrapped up in certain issues, and forget exactly how awesome life is. I mean, I actually have a wonderful wife, a nice apartment, a new car, and an altogether comfortable lifestyle. Crysta and I have no problem paying our bills, and I actually occasionally like my job too. Sure, there are things in this world I'm not too fond of, but I can't let myself lose sight of that, from top to bottom, I am exactly where I want to be in my life right now.
Five years ago I don't know if I would have believed that would happen.
Things are moving forward in a general direction though, and I have to have faith that the rest of the world will find a way to work itself out. I'll do my part, and just have to trust others will do theirs.
I think far too often it's easy to forget how nice things are or how good I have things. Life, in general, is not that bad - and too often it's easy to take things for granted. So this is my advice to you - don't take things for granted. While there are problems to fix, and we do need to fix them, don't forget all of the good things that are happening to you.
This morning, as I drove back to the apartment after dropping Crysta off at the University, the sun was still rising. The horizon was bathed in brilliant life, and I was reminded exactly how beautiful this world can be.
Remember to take those moments and appreciate them. Don't let them slip by you as you've bound yourself to a malaise -- instead let them fill you.
I know that I sound a little hippy dippy there, and that being told to "stop and smell the roses" is a little cliche -- but I think it's important.