Too Blessed to be Stressed

Daily Message from Shell Beach Elementary's Project Wisdom:
Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?
Make it a great day...or not. The choice is yours.

Isabella is blessed with a positive attitude and a happy disposition. Very rarely would she get upset or get negative over something. But one day in third grade we picked her up from school upset and frustrated with some of her classmates who backed out of their agreement to join in their school's talent show. I reminded her of her usual reminder to me during my own times of frustration: "remember you're too blessed to be stressed". You see, she's the one who gave me that phrase to help me in my own times of stress. Teary eyed she responded: "but mom, right now I'm too stressed to be blessed". She made me realize that those words she quotes, go both ways. When we focus on our blessings, our stress fades and loses its grip on our heart. On the other hand, when we focus on our stress, our vision is clouded and our blessings are blocked. Then came some words of wisdom from her big brother Ian: "It's sort of like seeing a glass half full or half empty". I had him explain that to his sister. Isabella resorted she will focus on the glass that is half full because she chooses to have an attitude worth catching...she chooses to be "too blessed to be stressed".

2 comments: said...

is indeed in moments such as these that a world of depth opens up and removes the blinders in our eyes to see the truth of God's Earth. Thank you for sharing this simple but profound realisation that we are blessed if we choose to be blessed!

Hugs, Cecile

Katie @ said...

My mom is a teacher. Whenever we talk on the phone (I just moved to Europe), she is always telling me about the things she has learned from her students... not the other way around, just as you have said here. I think you have wonderful bits of wisdom in this post. Only wish I had found it way back when you had written it!