March 3 - EOYOP
EOYOP: EYES ON YOUR OWN PAPER!
I'm easily distracted. Especially by things that bother me. It's tough to admit this, but I can have a million good things happen in a day, yet I'll focus on the one thing that bothered me. Part of that is just the way I'm wired - I'm a perfectionist. But that doesn't make it ok to be ungrateful.
In the spirit of being completely honest, I'm often bothered by other people. Again, I hate to admit it, I just have a tendency to disagree with the way things are done. Typos, bad drivers, bad habits, and dumb decisions really bother me! Sometimes it's in the way things are said. Sometimes it's because I think I can do it better. The fact is, I'm just easily bothered, and I wish I wasn't so dang sensitive!
The other fact is that I'm guilty of doing the very things that bother me! I sometimes have typos, I definitely make mistakes on the road, I certainly have bad habits, and dumb decisions are part of my everyday life.
My point is, life is better when I keep my eyes on my own paper. I can disagree with the world, but that doesn't change anything except my own happiness. I need to learn to let the small things go. Today, I will focus intently on the things I'm grateful for. When a person bothers me, I will find something to appreciate. I will compliment every person I encounter today, and I will stop being so dang critical of others.
"Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me. Please forgive me of my shortcomings. Search my heart, and remove everything that separates me from you. Please give me a spirit of gratitude today, and shine through me. I pray for the gift of discernment - especially regarding the way I handle adversity. Make me quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. Amen."