Every morning before I walk out my front door and go to work, I say a quick prayer that goes like this:
Lord, please let this be a good day. Please let me make it through this day without any mishaps.
This wasn’t always my prayer; but, since moving to China and venturing out on my own this has become my “staple prayer.” Photo
I swear, some days I feel like all the forces of life are working against me. There was the day I went to the wrong airport…or the day my key broke in the door…or the today, when all I wanted to do was make dinner and go to sleep, but I couldn’t because the floors of my apartment were filled with mud and there was a hole in the bathroom wall.
Every day that I’m here is a challenge. I feel like I’m a player on the Hunger Games or there are cameras following me to see how I will react to various situations.
Many times I just want to yell and lose it. I still want to do that. But I can’t because nothing good will come out of it.
If Spain didn’t give me a thick skin, China is doing a good job.
I am developing patience and awesome problem solving skills. Photo
But anyways, maybe I should change my prayer to this:
Lord, please give me the strength to handle the mishaps that come my way.
Challenges in life are good for you. If there weren’t any, you would be weak because you wouldn’t have to build resistance to anything. It’s like when you haven’t been to the gym, your muscles are weak because you haven’t worked it out. But, when you start lifting weights your muscles become stronger and toned. Why? Because of the resistance.
Facing these challenges has made me stronger. I mean, if I went through what I am going through now when I first arrived in Spain a year ago I might not have made it.
I just wish these mishaps weren’t so frequent. :-) Photo
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