This morning, as i went out for a little drive
(and picked up a coffee at the same time!)
i was thinking about what my life was like a few years ago
and how different it is today.
Based on all the cheerful, sparkly, yellow paintings
you've seen here on my blog,
some may think i live in la-la land.
That my life is always beautiful and peaceful
Well... it's not.
I face the same issues many of you face
on a daily basis
I just make a conscious choice
to focus on the good things.
I think this is the key to a happy life.
It may sound like denial to some
but it keeps me sane
so it's all good to me. :-)
In the past few years,
I've lost a job,
my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer,
my father had a serious heart attack,
good friends of ours lived through the painful experience
of seeing their son paralyzed in a car accident
and a dear friend of mine left this planet
way too soon,
leaving 2 beautiful young boys
who miss her deeply.
It's not what happens that matters,
it's how we look at it.
Each of these experiences
forced me to face
the important questions
and as cliché as it sounds
made me a stronger person.
My issues are minor
compared to the issues of so many others
i allow myself the space to grieve when it is time.
I do this mostly through art and writing
as many of you must do as well.
So there is truth for me in the words:
And there is still so much goodness
in the world...
my son's smile,
a good book,
conversation with a friend,
a walk on the beach,
...and the chance to win a new car!
Try to notice the good things
in your day today.
...and don't lose sight of them,
regardless of the chaos around you.