A Beautiful Morning in Santa Barbara!

By on March 26, 2012

We had a beautiful snow-topped mountain scene to wake up to in Santa Barbara this morning! That doesn’t often happen here, so it was quite a sight to behold! Unfortunately, it didn’t last very long. Before noon, it was just a beautiful memory — along with a great photo!

We are left with two choices. We can focus on the positive, which is the fact that it happened, or we can focus on the negative, which is that it was too fleeting — here for such a short time and then gone. Which focus would you choose?

Life is like that! We have good things and bad things happen to us. They happen to all of us. None of us are exempt from the bad things. At least I don’t know anyone who has led a totally charmed life!

What we all focus on becomes our reality. Our family has had a very hard year, with loved ones having serious illnesses, accidents, and injuries. Recently, we lost two family members — one from old age and illness, one through a terrible accident.

We could focus on the various hardships, and have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. Or, we can focus on the blessings along the way, and be comforted by them.

I’ll write a bit more about our personal story a little later. Right now, though, I just want to “focus” on the power we all have to shift our awareness. This change, in what we give our attention to, can change our very experience of life!

Do you need to make a shift? Are you making your life more difficult than it has to be? Could it be that you are missing the blessings, even in the midst of sorrows? Please give it some thought! I would love to think that this post might give those who read it some comfort.

Until next time,
Linda

* Photo Credit goes to my husband, Jerry Menesez

 

Originally posted on Counseling in Santa Barbara.

About Linda Menesez

Linda Menesez, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.: I’m a Santa Barbara counselor, helping busy people learn ways to lower their stress and improve their overall quality of life. I specialize in empowering women, who focus too much on the needs of others, to recognize the value of self-care and nurturing for better mind, body, and spirit wellness. Her website: http://www.counselinginsb.com/.

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A Beautiful Morning in Santa Barbara!