We all have good days and bad days. We have happy times and sad times. It’s quite easy to enjoy life when things are going well – no effort is required. Success is great, life is sweet, and it’s time to celebrate. Bad days take everything within you to survive and live another day. It saps your energy and causes you to become bitter in life. Yet, a person going through a bad day learns so much more than someone who is having a good day. The most important lessons in life are learnt in the quietness and solitude of the soul.
There’s lots of soul searching done when things fall apart. Your brain fires out questions to your spirit as your soul looks for answers. Bad days produce character and strength if you are motivated to get past the intersection and change your direction. Bad days produce growth, resiliency, endurance and determination.
As a matter of fact when things are going well, we feel like mighty ships carrying priceless cargo. Having a high ranking position may cause you to unapologetically step on others to keep on winning. Power can corrupt a person. As humans, it’s imperative to be cautious on your good days because it can produce pride, allowing arrogance to step in and sit on your throne.
Pride is so deceitful when confronted, the pride in us says, ‘Who me? I’m the most humble person’ – trying completely to distant oneself from pride. A person who has accomplished much in life develops a spirit of entitlement, he or she expects the best seat in the house. They look down on others as their subordinates and hate to be told ‘no’ where they were expecting a ‘yes’. They challenge regulations because they believe they can override it, and win. Proud people struggle with people of opposing views. This false sense of pride sometimes affects even close relationships.
The Bible speaks about some people who are really poor, trade and spend as if they were rich, this is sin, and will be shame, and it will end accordingly. Some that are really rich, would thought to be poor: in this is a want of gratitude to God, want of justice and charity to others. Proverbs 13:7
Good days are filled with hope, resiliency, fired up momentum, happiness, and ‘let’s make this happen’ events. Good days don’t require sedatives to sleep at nights, nor pain killers to ease the discomfort, or anxiety pills to calm the mind. Good days have lots of sunshine and beautiful rainbows that come with success after success. Good days can make people heartless and unsympathetic towards others, because success can erase or mask memories of how life once was before success came along.
Bad days are filled with loneliness, with countless sleepless nights, discouragement, guilt, anxiety, and lots of negative emotions. Bad days can make happy and contented people develop short term memories of how many blessings remain on the plate. One bad day can make a person feel like their life is bad, forgetting it’s really only one day/season that’s really bad, and not their entire life.
Now, let’s turn these two experiences of having a good and having a bad day into positive outcomes:
- When life has been good to you and success comes to you, remember to reach back and lend a hand to those who are struggling, especially those in your own household. Guard your heart from the deadly spirit of pride that subtly enters into our heart and makes our heart puff up. Great leaders form teams to teach and mentor others, making an awesome village of hope. Happiness comes from giving what you’ve got and seeing others excited about their lives. “Teach them to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working. Tie them on your arms and wear them on your foreheads as a reminder. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:7-9 GNBM
- Bad days? What can we learn from bad days? Actually, you can learn more valuable lessons by having one bad day. Bad days should remind us of the beautiful things we took for granted. Like getting up on mornings and simply being able to stand on your feet. Bad days should help us to put things into perspective. Someone who recently got diagnosed was grateful for the diagnostic as it helped her to set priorities in her life. This is something that she was always too busy to do. She appreciated every hour she was kept alive, to create memories with her dearly loved ones.
You may not understand what lying in a hospital bed means knowing that there’s nothing more that can be done to keep you alive, yet having so much to be grateful for as you face your last hours. It’s really not over until you take your last breath, so you can still make a positive impact on your worse day. Life takes on a whole new meaning if you are told that there’s nothing more that can be done. You just simply appreciate the most minute thing, like a bird pecking on your glass.
Here are some thoughts taken off the internet:
I have come to the pinnacle of success in business. In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success. However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed.
At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death.
In the dark, when I look at green lights of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can sense the approach of death looming over me.
Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to financial wealth. It should be something more important: For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood. Stop pursuing wealth alone, it can only make a person into a twisted being just like me.
God has made us one way. We can feel the love in the heart of each of us, and not illusions built by fame or money like I made in my life, I cannot take them with me.
I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love.This is the true wealth that will follow you; will accompany you. He will give strength and light to go ahead.
Love can travel thousands of miles so life has no limits. Move to where you want to go. Strive to reach the goals you want to achieve. Everything is in your heart and in your hands.
What is the world’s most expensive bed? The hospital bed. If you have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you cannot hire someone to take your illness that is killing you. Material things lost can be found. But one thing you can never find when you lose, is life.
Whatever stage of life where we are right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain falls. Please treasure your love for God, for your family and for your friends…Treat everyone well and stay friendly with your neighbours.
In closing: Gratitude always yields more blessings. In the good times – Praise the Lord. In the bad times – do the same. You will always come out winning.