Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Excuse me while I shift my paradigm

So I spent some time recently doing some blog strolling ? different from trolling, because the blogs I looked at are all people I know/am related to ? and made an important discovery. Maybe it isn?t so much a discovery as a wake up call.
First, I?m pretty much the only guy I know who keeps a blog. Sure, it could be argued I don?t keep a blog as the postings have been so few and far between over the past year, but for argument?s sake we?ll say I do.
Second, a lot of people I know are genuinely happy people. The posts I read were positive, upbeat, optimistic and authentic by people I know all have struggles of one kind or another in their lives ? they?re either going thru school and are poor as dirt, have health problems, fight the good fight of raising a family in less than impressive times, etc?
I started the day at 5am, having gone to bed earlier in the morning (not a typo) after taping and painting for about 6 hours; my attitude was not prime. But after perusing afore mentioned posts, a sense of peace and happiness settled upon me and has since changed my outlook on the day.
Happiness is truly contagious.
My revelation is that people need to know I?m happy and that I make the choice to be happy even though life isn?t the vacation I sometimes wish it would be. I?m not one of those people who is always smiling, so it?s not about being fake or having one of those perm-a-grins; it?s simply acknowledging there are things and people to be happy about and until I am a quadriplegic laying alone in a some hospital bed with nothing but MSNBC and The Real Housewives of Whatever-City/County/State-They-Come-Up-With-Next on the tube, there will always be a reason to choose to be happy.
So, let the following be known:
Today is a good day
I?m stoked to take my first time off of the year over the next 3 working days
My lawn ? tilled under, seeded and worked from scratch ? is green and looking good
Lydia is awesome and makes me laugh every day
I?m excited to have another little girl in our house
I?ve repainted the entire house in less than 2 weeks and it looks GOOD
?A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have? ~ Gerald Ford
And if I could extrapolate these personal results, it would seem that putting our best face forward ? despite any issues, problems, etc actively occurring in our lives ? positively impacts the lives of others. And when it seems we are about to drown in troubles not of our doing or wallowing in the filth of our own self-pity, there are those around who, purposely or unknowingly, lift us up. All we need to do is look.


Forrest and Elin Roberts said...

Oh Logan, it is good to go to your blog and see new text there. Do you know who is excited to go to Georgia? I am! I am! (the second "I am" was from Forrest)

Lindsay said...

I love you Logan. I appreciate your new post, and the fact that you are one of the only guys I know that blog. Maybe others don't blog because they can't write quite as well as you do. You and your family are a delight in our lives. Hope you have a great time with Felin this week! Miss you.

Mama Miriam said...

YOUR posts make ME happy.

Averi said...

I appreciate this post, its so true and REAL. I think what I get frustrated with is fakeness. But anyway, its true, I think we all need to be a little more positive. My life has had its fair share of sincere struggles the last 2 years or more. I've had a lot going on most people don't know about. But I've had to find humor in it, or I would probably fall apart. So thanks for a nice post, it brightened my day!

Scooter & Emi said...

:) :) I agree! I have heard the fakeness complaint a few times, but I think there's genuine value in finding the good in our lives.

Even before we consider what others might find when they stumble upon what we've spilled from our brains, we need to think about what WE get out of our own blogs... I find that if all I do when I blog is complain, I feel like a complainer... but if I look for and write about the good stuff that is going on (and there is plenty!), I feel better after writing.

I like reading your blog! I had to laugh when I checked in but had only one entry to catch up on. :wink: Tell Paula hi for me, and that I'm hoping to get playgroup going again once the older kids are back in school. :)