A few months ago, we were going through a difficult situation as a family. I worried that my 3 year old daughter was picking up on the sadness around our home. When she was playing with her toys, she mentioned that mommy and daddy are sad. I really didn’t know how to talk with her about everything.
One day while she and I were laying in bed together I just said, ‘I am sad today’ to see what her reaction would be. She gets up, looks at me, and says ‘I say no’. Then she kisses me on the cheek and lays back down! Not the response I was expecting, but I really didn’t know what to expect.
I said, ‘You say no? So daddy can’t be sad? He needs to be happy?’
‘Yes. Be happy!’
It was a great reminder that we choose how we respond to things. I can choose sadness, happiness, joy, anger, etc. For all of the bad things that happen, there are good things as well.
I still get sad some days. When I do I think about my daughter and her saying ‘I say no’ and that begins to refocus things. I think about the blessings, hope, love, and joy that the Lord has given me. This really helps on a bad day.