In grump do not wallow

“MY BRETHREN, COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YE FALL INTO DIVERS TEMPTATIONS, KNOWING THIS, THAT THE TRYING OF YOUR FAITH WORKS PATIENCE. [SO] LET PATIENCE HAVE HER PERFECT WORK, THAT YE MAY BE PERFECT AND ENTIRE, WANTING NOTHING.” (JAMES 1:2-4)

Today, I woke up grumpy. Why? Because my brain likes this wonderful sunshiny fall morning (and would like it to continue) but the weather forecast is predicting wintery cold:/ I also have a house full of sick monkeys. Three of them are sleeping and the other three are lying down. All six have sad eyes and raspy lungs, and the Kleenex is disappearing by the second:/ Me? I just want to curl up and sleep, but the reality is that I cannot do that until tomorrow!!!

I could dwell on being sick along with my monkeys but I won’t. Sick monkeys mean ooodles of cuddles. It also means I might not have to re-clean my house tonight;) Still, I consider myself blessed to spend my days with such beautiful healthy children, when so many others are not. I have many friends who are dealing with children that have various degrees of sickness so a minor cold will not ruin my day:)

So, instead of dwelling on the negative, I have decided to soak up all that beautiful sunshine that we have been blessed with. I’m going to cuddle my monkeys because they are as amazing as the sunshine. I’ve decided to spend the day “happy” and not let the darkness and grumpy stay. That is how I am choosing to make my day go:):)

Like Tenderheart bear said to Grumpy bear when his grumpy was spoiling everyone’s day, “In grump do not wallow, and colour will follow,” I’m going to dwell in a splendour of colour today. Indeed, whatever this day brings, I’m going to smile and laugh and enjoy all the moments this day that the Lord God hath made — in both sickness and health :):)

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