I'm so happy!!! Cliff has 4 days in a row off from college classes! The kids and I are excited about having him home. We did have a small tiff tonight. But we kissed and made up soon after. The whole economy "crisis" and upcoming elections have him pretty tense. I try to blow it all off. I feel for those who can't blow it off due to circumstances. He's been so busy this fall that I don't even have any decent recent photos of him.
I've been doing some thinking lately and thanks to my kids, pets, and motherhood lessons, I've learned more helpful information over the past 7 years than I ever did in school. The real important lessons in life come down to one thing: If you knew you were going to die in one hour what would really matter? In the end we're all going to die. I don't sit and guilt myself over spilt milk. But seriously, there is so little in life to lose sleep over. In the end it all works out. We just gotta believe. One of my favorite songs from years ago was, Don't Worry, Be Happy. It's funny how that song always makes me smile. It is so true. Even if life is scary sometimes, we can all use a smile and laugh. When life is hell what's the point of making it worse with worry and negativity?
I know someone (and you know who you are) who actually makes time to laugh everyday. She told me about this blog: http://failblog.org/ She is a true gift. I have to laugh every time I think of her reading that blog! I have my moments when I feel the walls caving in. But then I think of my options. It could always be worse.
And on really hectic days I try to take my ques from my dog, Shadow. I often think of these words of wisdom when I think of a dog or cat's life priorities:
All I Really Need to Know I Learned from my Dog
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Take naps and stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Thrive on affection and let people touch you - enjoy back rubs and pats on your neck.
When you leave your yard, make it an adventure.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout - run right back and make friends.
Bond with your pack.
On cold nights, curl up in front of a crackling fire.
When you're excited, speak up.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
So all I really need is my family and friends. I laugh and tell people all the time that as long as I have my health, family, and friends nothing else matters. If I (we as a society) end up in a tent on a river, I'll be fine. Nothing is ever as bad as we think it is. It just depends on our frame of thinking. Someone always has it worse off. For a good laugh see the fail blog for a few silly examples of failing.
I should be in bed now. I am hitting send! I don't even care if this makes sense in the morning. I'm just so happy my hubby is going to be home for 4 days. Maybe someone out there got a good laugh and good night rest because of this post. I sure loved writing it. Writing is one of my outlets for deep thought, perspective, and creativity.
May your paths lead you to happy endings! Here's to families, friends and good health.