My wife and I were driving back from visiting a youth conference this week, when a slogan on the side of a passing tractor trailer truck caught my eye: “At the Corner of Happy and Healthy.”
I thought, “What a great place that would be… the corner of Happy and Healthy.” And I realized — by the grace of God, there is much happiness and health that converge in my life. If asked my address, I could and should answer with sincerity, “I live at the corner of happy and healthy!”
Can you imagine folks’ reactions if you gave that as your address — the corner of happy and healthy? Delight or skepticism or resentment perhaps.
Truthfully, however, I sometimes focus on other factors in my life, not all happy or healthy. Most of us have a tendency, at times, to make our problems and pathologies the locus of our identities. We might glumly admit, “I am living at the corner of Sick and Tired OR Dazed and Confused OR Anxious and Stressed OR Scared and Lonely.”
We know that we all encounter and cope with manifold factors. favorable and unfavorable, in our lives, but the street corner metaphor could be helpful for spiritual reckoning and orientation on occasion. What are the signs at the corner where you live?
I recently read an article that referenced Appreciative Inquiry, the theory and practice of intentionally focusing on strengths. The Appreciative Inquiry process involves uncovering and taking account of existing positive factors that enhance one’s life and our life together.
This approach is a more detailed version of the old hymn, “Count Your Blessings.”
Where do you live? What experiences, factors, spiritual “vectors”, are converging in your life? Have you missed the signs of blessing and hope that mark where you are?