Life is too short to be miserable and there are too many marvellous opportunities all around us to be focused on the negatives.

So let me ask you, do you look forward to every day or do you dread it?

Do you love your job or do you loathe it?

Are you so involved and focused on your work that you lose track of time or are you constantly watching the clock?

Do you see every week as an opportunity to do amazing work or another block of time to grit your teeth and make it through?

Are you optimistic about the future or fearful about it?

Do you freely celebrate the success of others or are you envious?

Do you laugh freely or complain to everyone within earshot?

And do you understand that whichever option you choose, it’s you who choose it?

Life may be difficult, challenging and perhaps even tumultuous at times, but it is still a gift and there is still plenty of things to be positive about if you are willing to look for them.

When the apostle Paul wrote about being joyful, he didn’t do so from a position of comfort or privilege, he did it from a prison cell, because he understood and role-modeled that there is always something to be joyful about no matter your circumstances.

So don’t just endure life.

Don’t trudge through it with your shoulders slumped, looking like a bulldog who swallowed a wasp.

Smile, laugh and live with joy.

Life’s too short not to.

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