How to feel good about things even when they’re not so good.

Yesterday I asked, “What do you feel really good about.” It was meant in reference to this past  year. What can you look back on and your feel kind of warm and cozy.

It occurred to me later that there are probably some people that hear that question and say, “Nothing.”

I think I might even know of one.

They would say that this past year had been boring and nothing good happened.


But I can look at their life and see lots of good that has happened.

That’s one of the reasons I like blogging; I have a written record.  Of course that can have it’s downside as well.

For example, I wrote a series about prayer last February and one of the days I posted my personal decision about a controversial subject. I woke up this morning and re-read it and decided it is what I believe and I see no reason to change it although I still wonder if whether or not I could have made my point another way. You’ll have to judge that one for yourself.

Moving on, I’ve been reading some of my posts starting from last January and realizing that some of them need some updating. The formatting is bad, the grammar is flawed,…..

But rather than making me sad, it only reminds me that I am growing as a writer and a blogger because the year before was even worse.  I found some great blogs that have been very helpful. One such is Deb Stangeland’s blog.

She led me to coschedule.com. I use the headline analyzer section all the time.

Then there was those little tricks of the blogging trade I was able to finally nail down.

I don’t want to say it’s all about perspective because that sounds tired and worn. Maybe it’s more of a case of simply realizing

that in bad, there’s some good and that in good there is some bad.

As long as we acknowledge both and don’t condemn ourselves for the bad, the good will be what sets us up for even more good.

I’ve never been spurred on by the negative. Almost always it’s because I’ve had a taste of the good that has pumped me up and given me that little nudge I need.

I’m working on my goals for next year. It’s proving more difficult this year. Can’t say I know why.  But I’m trusting God to make them clear.


How about you? Have you set any goals for this next year?  You notice I didn’t use the word “resolutions”.

It scares people. Goals seem less daunting and less likely to fail.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.