10/06/2010

The Bad with the Good


Oh autumn, how I love you!

Kind of.

I love the changing colors of the leaves—but I hate raking the leaves that blanket my yard.

I love the coolness in the air—but I hate changing clothes throughout the day as the temperature makes wild swings.

I love football season—but I hate driving to far away games.

I love the tinge of smoke in the air on a cold afternoon, and a fire blazing in my own fireplace—but I hate buying and stacking the wood.

All good things have a down side. All strengths have a corresponding weakness. For the moment, I’m trying to enjoy the things I like about this time of year. But the things that irritate me keep getting in the way.

It comes down to a choice. Will I choose to take the good with the not as good—or will I spoil the good by dwelling on the parts I don’t particularly like? It’s not just an autumn thing. It’s a life thing.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
                        --Phillipians 4:8

2 comments:

Just Plain Tired said...

How true. My enjoyment of fall is tempered by the thought of what follows it.

V.V. said...

"I love the coolness in the air—but I hate changing clothes throughout the day as the temperature makes wild swings."

I was thinking this exact same thing yesterday. My laundry has doubled!

Thanks for a beautiful post in my morning routine. Have a great day!