Have you ever had one of those days? Or weeks? You know the kind when everything you touch just seems to fall apart?
Today I was going to post about a snazzy project you were going to love. But somehow life decided that just wasn’t going to come to pass. It’s been one of those weeks, well months, really, but this week the suckiness hit a crescendo. I mean IT WAS BAD. After thinking all was going to be better after my oldest son’s (routine) surgery last week, I was sure we would soon be back to normal. But I was SO wrong. Two days later, vertigo reared its ugly head during the one thing I look forward to each week – yoga. Not only did a friend have to walk me out of the building, I couldn’t even drive myself home. Serious frowny face.
After regaining the ability to walk upright without potentially falling over, oldest offspring required a trip to the ER for an ugly and painful reaction to surgical glue. Turns out his skin and body really don’t like the stuff. In the meantime, hubby had pulled a muscle in his back and was down and gimping from that. Our youngest woke up feverish and crabby yesterday and I wound up visiting the very same ER as my oldest after sneezing and experiencing excruciating pain in my left chest that wouldn’t let up. Don’t worry, I’ll live. Turns out I have pleurisy, an inflammation of the lining of the lungs as a result of the month long hacking and coughing spree that rung in Spring at our house.
By the time the dog choked on his dinner last night and then proceeded to yack it all up on my freshly cleaned carpet, I was ready to curl up in a ball in a corner and just die. So I cried, decided that hurt too much given the condition of my ailing lung liner and just gave up and went to bed.
Blessed with a good night’s sleep and feeling a little better, I sent off both my spouse and a much improved younger son (hope that sticks) on their merry ways and sat down on my bed to contemplate what I could squeeze out of my day. Looking out the window, I suddenly realized that over the course of just the last two days, everything had greened up. And there are things blooming and it’s warm and pretty. In other words, all that I have been waiting for so long.
So, after briefly trying to salvage my failed project – it will be awesome once I work out what went wrong – I decided to write this post instead.
It is so easy to get caught up in all that is not working out in our lives and getting sucked into wallowing in misery that we flat out turn blind to the fact that there is beauty right outside our door, even in the darkest of times. The key for me has always been to let the bad and ugly wash over me, bash me around, but to get back up and stare back at it in the end, knowing it didn’t keep me down.
With all of our lives so busy and demanding at times, it can be easy to get swallowed up into a bad current even if there are no major health hiccups or other actual disasters trying to butt in on our happy. We may feel so compelled to check our Facebook or Instagram feeds, fall down the Pinterest hole or Heaven forbid, get ensnared into political news discussions, that we cannot see Spring for all its flowers.
And that would be such a terrible shame wouldn’t it? So today, I challenge you to put down that phone, go outside and look around. Take time to notice the small little details. Let the wind blow on your face and the sunshine brighten your mood. Step back and take a, make that a whole bunch of, deep breaths and smile. See, doesn’t that feel great?
So for today, I would like to send a big fat hug your way and let you know that if you are going through a rough patch, you are not alone and it will get better. That and some of the beauty that Spring has to offer…
See? There is so much beauty all around us! And even if you are stuck indoors or surrounded by concrete, I encourage you to make an effort to find something beautiful that makes you smile and happy every. single. day!
Wishing you smooth sailing and a happy, sunny weekend my friends!
Won’t you do me a favor? Take a pretty picture and post it on the TWGL Facebook group page! I would love to see who actually read this post and listened!