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You won't end up in China with your problems behind you

January 27, 2016
Amber Hovey - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

It's funny or should I say interesting how life decides to happen. One moment it seems you are just going along, taking in the scenery and breathing in the fresh air and then, BAM! You are hitting the brakes, spinning out of control and gasping for air.

All of sudden it feels as if nothing is in your control and you don't know where to turn or how to fix it. Life happens and with that, it happens unexpectedly. We can guess what tomorrow will bring, but at the end of the day, we really don't know. All we can do is hold tight to our beliefs and pray the good outweighs the bad. Miracles happen everyday and I have often seen the power of positivity.

My dad always told me when I was complaining that, "Somebody's always got it worse." And as irritating as that may have been to hear growing up, he was exactly right. His other saying, which comes from my grandmother is, "It will all come out in the wash."

As I continue to age and gain my infinite wisdom, I often come back to those two sayings when I am struggling with life's curve balls. With the ups and downs, it seems that life finds a way to level itself as long as you don't grab a shovel and start digging deeper into the hole you have found yourself it. I can assure you that you won't end up in China with your problems behind you.

I admit that I often get caught up focusing on the bad and wishing that I could sweep all my problems under the rug, however, then that little voice in the back of my head starts repeating those two sayings my dad always says. It is then I take a deep breath and count the blessings I do have. No matter how much money you have or how many material things you have, people naturally want more. If all my current problems were solved, then I would probably find others.

However, for every seemingly bad event or misstep in my life, I try to see the positive, which can be hard when the positive doesn't show up until further down the road. But almost every bad event has helped me in some way whether it steered me towards a different path or helped me to become a better and more understanding person.

Learning to endure the bad and embrace the good is part of learning to live.We all have choices in life on how we want to live our lives. The following quote is one I found to be quite inspiring.

"Let life be an adventure. Live your life to the fullest, unfettered by fear of ghosts and goblins of what might occur. Calamity and death happen as well to those who hide from life as to those who squeeze every drop of zest from it."



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