I have had one of those weeks…ok maybe months. There are some real worries on my plate and, as they say, when it rains it pours. At one point, I actually had to laugh about it because it seemed like there was no way things could get worse…and then they did. I know that every single one of us faces our own battles on a daily basis. Behind the glossy Facebook pictures, each of us could be facing something that makes our heart hurt, pisses us off, or weighs on us each night. One motto I try to live by is: “There is always someone better…be humble. There is always someone worse…be grateful.” So I decided this morning that while I could list everything that had gone wrong, I would think instead of the silver linings I found in even the darkest of clouds.
The smell of new baby as I held my latest nephew last night.
Watching the sunrise on my way home from bootcamp class.
Sweet messages from friends just “checking in” on me.
Kylie being so excited to run into school every morning.
Chase saying “I love you” just because I buckled his seatbelt for him.
Friends who make me soup. No better comfort than homemade food.
Hugs, with no words needed.
The new Flat White at Starbucks.
Worn in running shoes.
Another day. Another chance to get it right.
My rental car (did I fail to mention my accident?) is a pimped out suburban….I get to “roll with the tints” for a few weeks and park up on snow banks.
Knowing the strength of true friendship is not in the times when everything is peaches but when it’s the pits.
Hearing my kids speak Italian to my parents each morning on the phone.
Getting out to run my favorite loop and seeing it through all the different seasons.
A smile from a fellow mom who just “gets it.”
A bonus 5 dollar burrito night on a random Tuesday.
An extra long shower.
Hearing an old song on the radio.
Slipping on the ice but NOT face planting.
A freshly emptied dishwasher.
A new notebook. A blank page.
Lighting candles at church.
Seeing an old couple hold hands.
Pink skies at night.
So, no matter how dark it gets, you can always find a reason to smile. Never stop looking for the silver lining.