FINDING Perspective I I recently experienced a good example of what I’m talking about. After much debate and drama, over the fact that my child is the only one in the entire school who has “nothing to wear,” I did manage to get her dropped off just in time to hear the bell ring as she opens the car door. She lets out a flabbergasted, “ugh!” and heads into school disgusted with the world. (Well, that makes tardy #2 for the semester… so, no mother of the year award for me). I get back home and drag out my old canister vacuum cleaner to get up the popcorn kernels that my daughter (a.k.a the kid who has nothing to wear) left me to clean up from her previous night’s snack. I pressed the on switch like always, only to find that “on” is not happening today. I give it a quick sweep with the broom and decide I would rather be outside. I hop on my zero-turn lawnmower that my husband bought me (yes, I actually did ask for it), I make one lap around the yard and the blades disengage…now what? After several attempts to re-engage them, I give up and happily park the mower (heavy on the sarcasm) back in the garage…mental note to self, add that to Wayne’s already long honey-do-list. Okay, I will admit it…I am a little aggravated by this point. I go sit in the swing on my back porch and that’s when it hits me. Yes, the living room needs vacuuming, but I have a home to vacuum. The grass is too high, but my yard is in full bloom with knockout roses, sweet smelling jasmine and red lantana. It really is beautiful with all the bright colors. And I may never be mother of the year, but I am mama to four wonderful, healthy children. That’s when I really got it. It is all about perspective. What am I choosing to focus on? Philippians 4:8 says. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” 5452 Wayne County Magazine Appling County Living Written by Melissa Moxley wonder how many people reading this, find yourself in the same place I am. I want to be the happy, upbeat, optimistic person that has a way of drawing others to them. You know the people that I am talking about: the mother of eight who home schools all her children and never raises her voice, the cashier at the grocery store who graciously smiles, as the person in front of you wants a price check on each item in her basket before she can decide if it is worth buying, or the sincere waitress who says, “don’t worry, I’ll clean it up later” to the weary parents of the two year old who just threw his plate on the floor because he didn’t want green peas. I admire those people and want to possess such worthwhile qualities. However, does it seem to you that the world desperately tries to highlight all the negative around us?