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March 20, 2013
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Brittany Arnold: Breaking through the sulk and sour

I love Winnie-the Pooh and was thrilled when my daughter formed the same liking.

But Eeyore drives me crazy. That donkey has so many wonderful friends, always helping him and trying to cheer him up, and he just remains sad and gloomy.

But on a normal day when Eeyore’s depressive state bothers me, this morning, I felt we had a lot in common.

As the group passed Eeyore by, they greeted him with a joyful, “Good morning, Eeyore!”

He then replied, “If it is a good morning, which I doubt.”

We all know people who harbor that same kind of bitterness.

No matter how big you smiled and how hard you tried to break through their steel armor of sulk and sour, you can’t succeed.

I find lately that I am trying to break through my own armor of sulk and sour.

Call it the pregnancy hormones, but I just call it cranky. I don’t even like to be around myself.

People greet me and tell me how cute I am pregnant and out ruptures some word vomit of my bad attitude.

And like Eeyore and his situation, there is no excuse for my fake smile, eye-rolls and cocooning under the bed covers. I am blessed with wonderful people around me and even moreso, I am blessed with pregnancy: a true hand-made gift from God.

Although my active nature is limited during pregnancy, my skin is bad, I am forced to gain weight and I am uncomfortable, I have to keep reminding myself that pregnancy is not a condition – it is a miracle.

“Thank Me for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Do not spoil these quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting impatiently to be active again. Some of the greatest works in My kingdom have been done from sick beds and prison cells. Instead of resenting the limitations of a weakened body, search for My way in the midst of these very circumstances.” – Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

Emotions and attitude are a choice. Yes, there are chemical things that make it easier to have a negative attitude, but it is still up to me how I greet each day.

It takes work sometimes to feel pleasant and put a genuine smile on your face, but it is worth it. Not only do I want to reciprocate the joy surrounding me toward my friends and family, but even moreso, I want to show God how thankful I am for the gift of my condition.

Brittany Arnold is married with one child and another on the way. Read her Wednesdays on Douglas County Moms. Also check out her personal blog here.

People greet me and tell me how cute I am pregnant and out ruptures some word vomit of my bad attitude.

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