“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”
— Mary Jean Iron

Finding Joy Amidst Challenges

In the midst of a midlife divorce, each day can feel like a battle, filled with tough confrontations and daunting challenges. Undeniably, these are trying times. Yet, amidst the hardships, it’s important not to let negativity consume the entirety of your day. By doing so, you risk missing out on the immediate joys that are available to you right now.

Focusing on Gratitude

During these demanding days, take a moment to reflect on the positives you still possess. Consider your senses – the ability to hear, see, feel, and taste. Think about your physical well-being – your limbs, extremities, and overall health. Remember your relationships – children, grandchildren, friends, colleagues, siblings. And let’s not forget the countless blessings that grace your life, from clean water to satisfying food, and even simple pleasures like strawberries and chocolate.

Balancing Challenges and Joys

While you must address the difficulties that arise and make the tough decisions, don’t let them overshadow the small joys that are scattered throughout. Embrace the knowledge that perfect days aren’t those devoid of challenges, but rather the days where you learn to face those challenges, seize opportunities, and marvel at the ordinary yet beautiful moments that unfold.

“This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

— Nehemiah 8:10b

Remember these words from Nehemiah – a reminder that even in the face of challenges, there’s strength to be found in joy. Allow this message to inspire you as you navigate the complexities of your current circumstances.

By focusing on gratitude, acknowledging both the difficulties and joys, and drawing strength from your faith, you can find solace in the beauty of each normal day, even amidst the trials of a midlife divorce.