“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” ~ Mary Engelbreit
Not long after starting a new job, I was called into the office of my manager and asked to work 3rd shift. (5p-2a). It was presented to me as a choice but during the conversation it began to feel more like an ultimatum. An ultimatum I couldn’t understand because other employees had volunteered. Needless to say it upset me. This would not fit into my lifestyle. I remember walking home that day just fuming. In my head I was going off on everyone and everything. I started to take tally of all the things I would miss out on. I know it sounds a little dramatic but I saw the possibilities of my life being stolen right from under me. I hated that feeling and the more I thought about it, the angrier I got. The angrier I got, the more I contemplated quitting. My thoughts were full of complaints and gripes. Then suddenly (and I do mean suddenly), I felt a wave of realization hit me. I found myself pondering a new perspective and my thoughts began to change.
“Maybe it won’t be so bad”,
“It’s not like It will be forever”
“Things happen for a reason, right? It’s possible something good can come out of this.
I felt my heart starting to lighten up as I begin to see the possibilities. I took my focus off of what I could loose and starting thinking about what could be gained.
I don’t have to get up so early
I can run errands and enjoy things without the busyness of crowds.
I’ll be in the office when it is calm and quiet. I won’t have to deal with the drama of the day
While working the overnight shift, I learned and developed a new skillset that moved me into an area of I.T. that I absolutely love and brought forth opportunities that I never really knew existed. That shift not only turned out to be a blessing but with my new attitude, I was able to enjoy the change.
God has a plan for us and He promises that those plans are to help and not harm us. To give us a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11). Complaining, grumbling and having a bad attitude about our situations make us a slave to our circumstances. It robs us of our peace and blocks the blessings that God wants to do in us and through us. Because of this, it not only becomes a hindrance to ourselves but can be a stumbling block for those around us. God has a plan for us. Learn to trust His divine wisdom. Maintain a good attitude and you will find peace in every circumstance.
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” ~ Philippians 2:14-15