Have vs Have Not

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left. - Hubert Humphrey

 I realized last night that have allowed my positive thinking to take a back seat to life events.
Last night I realized this error and instantly began focusing on what I have vs. what I have lost or what I no longer have.
Here's some examples in my turnaround thinking:
1)  I feel alone vs. I have family, friends, neighbors, and a paw baby in my life who show up, call, care, love me and are here for me.

2)  My house is disorganized vs. I have a home, heat, running water, a solid roof over my head and food in my cupboard to eat.

3)  I'm sick vs. I am making great strides in improving my health.

4)  I am unemployed vs. I have been given the gift of time to get healthy again.

5)  I was robbed of my innocence as a child vs. I've gained the gift of mercy, empathy and understanding for those that have been hurt.

6)  There are some days when the pain is so great I don't want to move much less get out of bed vs. There are many days when I can accomplish something and feel joy despite the pain.
7)  I was lied to and betrayed by someone(s) who said they loved me vs. I have learned to trust my heart and mind, to believe actions over words, to pray for guidance and to listen for truth in the answers that follow.
8)  God feels far from me today vs. I can look around me and see how blessed I am. I have the Word of God close by to delve into and find my peace. 
Can you relate?  If so, please share.  I'd love to hear more positivity vs. negativity.


  1. it is hard for me to come up with a postive since my middle name is negative nellie, but here is a try.
    well phooey, i am still thinking... laughter is good for the soul, hope you are laughing at me now.

  2. Way to go, Stacey! Well, since you asked...I am in pain most of the time, now needing two knee replacements, have both rotator cuffs torn, I.B.S. and lymphodema, plus assorted various other things. But this is the way to get around it all!!! And it is so biblical, Paul tells us to be content with whatever circumstances we have, and we are also to give thanks at all times s for everything. I have watched so many of my friends die recently, and am just so blessed that I can still get around and do not have cancer!!! Tell me about you. Did the surgery help anything? What are your doctors saying? Are you getting better and what is your prognosis?

  3. This is a fabulous list,many of which I can relate to.
    I don't know if I can add anything,but I do praise God for opportunities to share my photographs with others.

  4. Such a great post! It really is about perspective. I love how you changed your focus! That photograph is just gorgeous. :)

  5. oh yes..man becomes what he thinks about! we tell this to our kids all the time....and I know for a fact attitudes are more important than facts.
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    happy weekend!