In taking a moment to reflect the happenings of life, I found out one important thing. "Thank God for unanswered prayers" should be at the top of everyone's list.
Remember at times how you might have wanted to trade places with the prettiest girl in your class, marry that good looking quarterback, get that job that your friend scored out from under you? The nights you may have prayed for divine intervention to help you be the important child in the house, to look like your sister, have good grades like your brother? At times thinking no one heard your prayers, you would feel a pity party coming on?
Your prayers were heard but God could see the road ahead and had other, better plans for you. Now that you are older and much wiser and have run into some of the people you wanted to be, aren't you thankful your prayers weren't answered?
Some people have the 'elephant in the room' that can't be shown to the public and no matter what color you paint it, it's still an elephant in the room.
That person you wanted to be may have turned out to have a bad drinking or drug problem and alienated everyone around them because the only way they could feel good about themselves was by hurting everyone that tried to help.You see this person and offer help and they throw up about all your past indiscretions which you and God had worked out a long time ago. You can do nothing but be there when they fall and help them back up if they will let you.
As we take each day at a time trying to become the best person we can be, then we also need to take a moment each day, relish where you are and what you have. Open the window, look outside, take a deep breath and thank God for where you are and for not letting you lead the life you thought you wanted.