A while back at a parent/teacher evening at our school I received a challenge - the challenge was to look for the gold in my children.
I've thought a lot about this phrase over the last few months and have not only pondered searching out the gold in my kids but also in my marriage, my job, my community and my every day life.
Boy it's easy to focus on the negative stuff isn't it?!?! Sometimes I find it easier to go coal mining than gold mining. What my kids are doing wrong, their flaws and imperfections... doing the same thing with my husband... my home... the every day ups and downs of life. Taking the time and effort to actually look for the gold and even verbalise it and point it out to others is life changing.
Try it... I dare you to find some gold in your kids/spouse/job/home/neighbour/that annoying person at work and verbalise it to yourself and them (obviously your house won't be impacted if you point out it's 'golden' points, but you never know!).
I want to be someone who is realistic about life, but knows how to focus on the good stuff at the same time.
Keep looking for the gold in your life - and remember to verbalise it to those special little ones around you (including the lanky 6ft ones) - because there is plenty of gold sitting right there, you just sometimes have to do a bit of digging to uncover it.