On an episode of Golden Girls, the ladies had just received news that Sophia the matriarch of the group, would be leaving the house to move in with her other daughter. Saddened by the news, the ladies collectively reflected on all the good stories Sophia shared with them and the tasty Italian meals she prepared. Afterwards, Rose shared more disheartening news; she and Blanch competed for the leading role in a play of which, the role was given to Rose while the lesser role was given to Blanch. As Blanch portrayed anger and humiliated Rose, she said “What a horrible day this has been.” If Blanch could have made an exit from her “pity party” to find a quiet place, it would have given her time to work through her spiraling feelings.
The place of pity can produce feelings of darkness, emptiness, loneliness and despair. The quiet place gives us an opportunity to meditate and develop an attitude of gratitude, being thankful for where we are and knowing that wherever God “plants” us He expects us to “bloom”. This would be a time to bloom in character, bloom in integrity, bloom in grace, celebrate one another as we celebrate life… reminisce and glean from the time spent with others and most of all… give thanks.
This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps. 118:24)