We all have events in our lives that we never forget. For me, the events that impacted my life remind me of lessons or truths. During the spring of 2015, I learned that positivity in bad situations can bring happiness.
In the spring of 2015, I had just returned from living in Peru. I was in line to receive a corneal transplant that would restore my vision. I am half blind in my left eye from a sickness I contracted during my time in the Amazon Rainforest (Pictured above is me in Tarapoto, a town located in the Amazon Rainforest). You can imagine my despair when, returning from my first appointment with the ophthalmologist, I was rejected as a corneal transplant recipient. I was distraught with news that I felt would ruin my life.
Nothing could stop the endless list of restrictions to my life that losing my vision would cause. I could no longer swing a bat to hit a softball. I couldn’t drive at night. I would never be able to shoot hoops.
I believe in God and pray to him often. I had been praying for months that I would receive my sight again. I stubbornly refused to believe that God would say no to all of my prayers. I decided to look for a different answer and pulled out my scriptures to where I had last marked the page. I immediately read the following, “And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith . . .”
After reading that passage, I burst out laughing! The irony of reading that verse after hearing the worst news! However, in that short moment I learned something valuable.
What did I learn? I learned that laughing caused me to widen my perspective. This wasn’t the end of my story in life. My sight would not hinder me as I feared it would.
Now what does this mean? Life throws curveballs. We can either respond positively or negatively. Being negative will make you miserable while being positive can lead to happiness.
By writing this post, I want whoever is reading this to think of a time that positivity helped you overcome some of your biggest challenges. Maybe you can answer my next question.
Have you laughed with God?