The Black Dot

I wanted to share this poem that my mother sent me last week. Last week was beyond rough for me, but this poem really helped me put some things in perspective; I hope it does the same for you! :)

The Black Dot

One day, a professor entered his classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They all waited anxiously at their desks for the exam to begin.
The professor handed out the exams with the text facing down, as usual. Once he handed them all out, he asked the students to turn over the papers.
To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions–just a black dot in the center of the paper. The professor, seeing the expression on everyone’s faces, told them the following: “I want you to write about what you see there.” The students, confused, got started on the inexplicable task.
At the end of the class, the professor took all the exams, and started reading each one of them out loud in front of all the students.
All of them, with no exception, defined the black dot, trying to explain its position in the center of the sheet. After all had been read, the classroom silent, the professor started to explain:
I’m not going to grade you on this, I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same thing happens in our lives. However, we insist on focusing only on the black dot – the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friend. The dark spots are very small when compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds. Take your eyes away from the black dots in your lives. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with love!

- author unknown

These words hit home for me being that I always focus on the black dot. God blesses us with so much white space and all we can seem to see is the smallest specs of our lives that aren't pleasing to us. It's so amazing when you step back and realize how much attention we give to everything that goes wrong in our lives and how little we recognize the blessings we have.

For me personally, if something knocks me down, everything that God just blessed me with goes out of mind and I only focus on what knocked me down. I forget that He woke me that morning, He is allowing to be in good health, He is blessing me with another chance to make things right, I have clothes on back, food to eat, shelter over my head, the list goes on... I am challenging myself to focus more on the "white space" in my life and less on the "black dots" that I will experience. I challenge you to do the same! :)