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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead


I have become “cumbersome” with this world is a lyric from a song by Seven Mary Three. I believe this echoes the feelings of many who find their life less than they thought or hoped it would be.

Life is a matter of perspective and perspective is unique to the individual. This is true regardless of your socio-economic position, gender, race, age, or religion. The problem is our perspective is limited by how we see things. Because our lives are ours, things truly are how we perceive them.

For some, life is seen as a series of ups and downs, disappointments, and heartaches followed by pain and loneliness. For others, it is a chore to be lived out until we die.

Another way to say it is, for many, their lives have become “cumbersome “.

A “cumbersome” life is one that weighs heavy on the heart and mind. It may feel as if nothing matters, nothing changes, or everything is drudgery to the point it can become unbearable.

It is in these moments some serious introspection is needed.

Because life is how we see it, we need to learn to see it the way it was intended. Life is intended to bring us joy. It is a gift to be lived with expectation and anticipation.

When we can see it this way, our lives will be anything but “cumbersome”.

Seeing life through this lens does not mean everything will turn out the way we hope. It simply means we can hope things will be better tomorrow than they might have been today.

Here is where optimism resides. Though this is true, optimism is difficult when circumstances continually leave us unfulfilled, dissatisfied, and disappointed.

The irony is pessimism does not improve our lives either.

Believing our lives are “cumbersome” makes it impossible to see them any other way. If we can agree this is true, then perhaps we can agree, we see our lives in a way no one else can.

I am not naïve. I realize the hardships some face in life can seem insurmountable. I realize this can lead people to feeling isolated and alone.

I also believe this does not have to be the case.

This is our life, and we choose how we see it. Even if it is hard. Conversely, we can strive to see life as manageable instead of “cumbersome”.

When we can do this, a “cumbersome” mindset will have no place in our lives and the joy of living will improve even the worst of circumstances.

The choice is ours! The question is, what will you choose?

Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

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