Hard Days


Friday, March 4, 2011

Today is a hard day. We’ve all had them. It may be a conflict that hasn’t been resolved causing much angst that colors everything that you do that day. It may be a job that was promised to you and then given to someone else. In light of our economy it could be the inability to pay a bill or the reality that your house is being taken away from you. It could be some bad news that cancer has been detected in your body. There are various things that contribute to a bad day.

When we experience trauma in our lives our minds are focused on the circumstance and feelings begin to emerge about that experience causing us to “have bad days.” Yet as I begin to compare the circumstances that is causing me to have a bad day with the other things that could be happening in my life, my stuff pales in significance to those things. those thoughts take away the sting but I feel it all the same.

My issue may sound trivial but it hurts all the same. Wednesday night Carter had a lacrosse playoff game to go to state. His team had done very well and was ranked second in the state. We were playing a team from Tucson whom we had beat 4-3 before. The Outlaws played their hearts out but came out on the losing side, 7-5. It was a heart breaker and I have been in a funk for a couple of days. You see, compared to other things that are happening, it is no big deal, but I realize that God doesn’t want us to compare our issues with others because He cares for us and our circumstances no matter what it is and sees that every crisis issue and problem is just as important as any other problem because he is a personal God. So I am going to experience this and look tonight as the team has 6 lacrosse games over the next 1 1/2 and will cheer them on no matter what the outcome.

On the journey, each day is a new day filled with new experiences along the journey.

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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