A new month

For me, February has been the hardest and yet the most spiritually maturing month of my life. When you least expect it to happen trials take over your life within the blink of an eye. While in the midst of going through those trials I wanted nothing more than to go back one month in my life and do everything I could to make it so that those events in my life wouldn't happen. In reality, there was nothing I could have done to change it. Now, I don't wish those trials to disappear...Instead I remember what I learned from them. It's interesting how much trials can either make you grow closer to the Lord, or push him farther away...and its all a choice. Through these trials I have not only grown closer to my father in heaven, but to my family here on earth as well. I am truly grateful for this experience!
Life is hard, and I have learned that happiness is a choice. Everyone goes through hard times in their lives because that is a part of life and its not our choice whether we have opposition or not. However, we have the choice of how we let things affect us.
This month is going to be a fresh start for me...and I am going to try harder to recognize the blessings in my life, rather than the faults. I am going to choose to be happy, and I am going to try to help those around me to be happy as well.

"Happiness consists not of having, but of being; not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is the warm glow of a heart at peace with itself...Man is the creator of his own happiness; it is the aroma of a life lived in harmony with high ideals.
- William George Jordan