This is a multi-part blog and one that I think is long over-due.
We are all a sum of various parts – some good, some bad and some just plain quirky or strange. This morning I was looking in the mirror while I was (3rd day in a row!) primping. I once again looked at those strangely bright silver hairs and smiled. Then I took the time to look at myself, right in the eye, not at my physical being but at the person I could see looking back at me.
There is much to criticize in who I am and I could spend time dwelling on that, but for today, this lovely rainy one, I am going to enjoy my whole being. Sometimes I have a sense of humor and sometimes I struggle to find the humor in anything around me. Once in a while I get frustrated with my dear husband’s lame attempts at humor, but today I actually had to smile because of his funny comments last night. I am intense about most things and unlikely to have lukewarm feelings about much of anything. I try to see things from other’s perspectives, but all too often get caught up in my own point of view.
I like to eat good food but I hate to cook. Luckily for me, I married a wonderful man who can cook better than most people I know. I love to go walking, but often find myself fretting over how much time it takes to just relax and walk. I love people and enjoy being social, but sometimes I just want to crash on my comfy bed with a book.
I’m proud of my intellect and wish that I was putting it to better use. I’m proud of my being a mom and wife, even as I struggle to find my own identity outside of those roles.
I’m excited that I will be starting my first true career and not unhappy that it won’t happen until my 40’s. Better late than never!
Today I am embracing the entirety of myself and who I am. It’s been a bumpy road getting here, but all in all, it’s been worth it.
Take the time today or tomorrow or this weekend, if you can, and be happy about who you are. There is always room for improvement, but we can focus on that another day!
Embrace Your Loved Ones
A young woman and her unborn baby were killed in a car accident yesterday. Another pregnant woman was killed just a couple months ago, though luckily her baby has fought on and lived.
We hear stories all the time about young people taken too soon or families who lose members, whether through age or illness or war.
A young man was killed while crossing the street last year and his friends all rallied, hoping that someone would come forward with information about the car and owner who hit him.
Embrace your friends and family. You never know what is going to happen. Maybe all it takes is a phone call…. a contact with your loved one who is far away. Find some minutes and visit a friend.
Embrace the Day
It’s raining today. Boy I love the rain! I overheard someone complaining about the rain, telling this other person that she’d rather live in a warm, dry climate. The funny thing is that she was still able to smile at me, as I stood in front of her, a drowned rat due to my walk to campus from our house.
I decided as I was walking in that today is a good day. After talking to the young woman at the Starbuck’s counter (the sunny, dry lady), I realized that I should just be happy and enjoy the day, no matter what the conditions. I just happen to be lucky that today is the kind of day I like.
Even better? Yesterday I got some wonderful news from our old property management company! They were able to get a new lessee for the house and we’ll be getting a refund. Then I went online this morning to check my gas card account and there was a credit!
Follow all of this up with a lovely, jump-in-the-puddles rainy day and a hot cup of soy chai?
It’s easy to embrace this kind of day!
The lesson I’d like to take from today is that I need to embrace each day. If I could find something, no matter how small, each day to cheer myself on, I think I’d be a happier person in general. I’m not saying that there won’t be days where I wimp and moan about life, but I’m hoping that I can make those fewer and farther between.
It’s something to work for, anyway.
Lest I sound like a Pollyanna, I will say this: The baby woke me up at 5am. I staggered out of bed, grumpy and testy that he could let me sleep in, even just for the one more hour I had before the alarm went off. Bren was a bear to get out of bed, tending towards the weepy, and I wanted to duct-tape him to the wall.
But I got my kisses from them and I got my hugs. I saw them safely off with gramma Donna and then I trudged back into the house to fold laundry.
Still, I see the day in a wonderful light.
I’m embracing it and all that it brings. I’m willing to bet that something less positive will happen today too, but I can roll with it.
Life IS good.
Cheers to all – go jump in puddles, give someone a hug, drink a hot cup of your favorite drink, tell a bad joke, eat something that makes you feel good…