ChangeUP Tonic

Gbenga OwotokiWednesday, November 11, 2015
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Florida, USA




hen we focus on the unpleasant experiences we've had, we tend to forget the many blessings of God in our lives. Find the courage to stay positive in the face of negativity. Always look on the bright side of life.

Some people are addicted to talking about their problems; break that habit and start talking about your blessings. The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go instead of how far they have travelled. Don't focus on the 'dark spots' of your life. Look for something positive in each day, even if you have to look a little bit harder. Let those challenges bring out the best in you. Forget what has hurt you in the past but never forget the lesson you have learnt in the process. Don't let the mistake and disappointments of the past control and direct your future. It doesn't really matter who you used to be, what matters is who you are right now.

One day a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They waited anxiously at their desks for the test to begin. The professor handed out the question paper, with the text facing down as usual. Once he handed them all out, he asked his students to turn the page and begin.... To everyone's surprise, there were no questions... just a black dot in the center of the page. The professor seeing the expression on everyone's face, told them the following: "I want you to write what you see there." The students confused, got started on the inexplicable task. At the end of the class, the professor took all the answer papers and started reading each one of them aloud in front of all the students. All of them with no exceptions, described the black dot, trying to explain its position in the middle of the sheet, etc. etc. etc. After all had been read, the classroom silent, the professor began to explain: "I am not going to grade on you this, I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot - and the same happens in our lives. We have a white paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus on the dark spots. Our life is a gift given to us by God, with love and care, and we always have reasons to celebrate - nature renewing itself everyday, our friends around us, the job that provides our livelihood, the miracles we see everyday... However we insist on focusing only on the dark spots - the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friend, etc.

The dark spots are very small compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds. Take your eyes away from the black spots in your life. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Guard against anything that will affect your walk with God. Don't fix your gaze on the 'dark spots' of your life. What you focus on magnify in your life. There is so much to be thankful for and there is still so much of God we have not discovered. Let God have His way unhindered in your life and He will take you to unimaginable heights. God bless you big.