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Its All in How You See Things
By Joel Osteen - Nov 04, 2009
I heard a story about two men who were sharing a room in the hospital. Every day, the man closest to the window would tell his friend what he saw outside. He would describe it in great detail, "Today, I see a beautiful sunrise…the kids are out there playing…the trees are blooming…" The other man was not able to get out of bed, so he couldn't wait to hear about what was going on outside. It was the highlight of his day. One time, the man told about how he saw a parade coming by, a marching band, and kids celebrating and having a good time.

This went on for several weeks until one day the man near the window died and went to be with the Lord. His friend asked the nurse if he could be moved to the bed by the window so he could enjoy all the great scenes he'd been hearing about as he remembered his friend. The nurse moved him over, but when he looked out the window, much to his surprise, all he saw was a brick wall. Ten or fifteen feet away was the other wing of the hospital. He called the nurse back in and said, "Hey, wait a minute, what's going on? My friend described all these beautiful scenes for several weeks, and I can't see anything." The nurse smiled and said, "Sir, didn't you realize your friend was blind?" He was seeing it all on the inside.

In the same way, I believe no matter what life deals us, if we have the right attitude on the inside, we can find the good. We can see the sunshine even when it's cloudy. We can stay full of joy even when things don't go our way.

Today, remember that life is fragile. This day is a gift. Make the most of it. Don't take the people in your life for granted. Don't go around focused on what's wrong in your life; instead, find some reason to be grateful because the seeds of discouragement can't take root in a grateful heart.

If you'll get up every morning and thank God for each day and then go through the day with a grateful attitude, I believe you'll be happier, you'll rise higher, and you'll live that life of victory that God has in store!

Update on New York Trip:

We have received such a warm welcome here in New York for the release of my new book, It's Your Time. Yesterday's book signing at the Barnes and Noble on Fifth Avenue was so amazing! Several hundred of our friends from New York and the surrounding area came out, many of whom had attended the Yankee Stadium Night of Hope Event. Tonight, we're looking forward to seeing our friends in Glendale at the Borders Bookstore on Cooper Avenue. If you're in the area, come on out and let us shake your hand; otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at one of our events or book signings soon!
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