Day 5 – #100HappyDay Challenge
A brief happy moment today was when I checked the mail. My LuLu Roe skirts arrived! Just as my girlfriend described and the fit is perfect. And that’s a miracle since I’m petite and sometimes struggle finding a well fitting pencil skirt. Thank you Justina!
Like many days, there are highs and lows. Today had a dip into the lows. Mt. Abraham has a cancerous tumor. My son called me devastated. Like many of you, our pets become our family and this is very unexpected since Mr. Abraham just turned 2 and is very young for something like this. And he is the best and cutest dog in the world. Everyone falls in love with him and I know you too if you met him.
We are praying that the cancer will be caught in time and hasn’t moved into his organs. Prayers all around. Cancer is such an ugly disease no matter what species you are! Please send prayers for everyone fighting this terrible disease.
Day 4 – #100HappyDay Challenge
Stepping outside this morning to take the trash to the curb, a crisp autumn breeze greeted me. It caught me by surprise. Instead of the normal Houston heat I’ve grown use to, a cool 60 degree early morning dawned. I paused, inhaling deeply, savoring the crisp air, goosebumps rising along my bare arms. I smiled knowing that this quiet happiness was a wonderful gift to start my day. And that it wouldn’t last long, according to the native Houstonians, cool days are rare jewels in a long string of hot.
A friend told me that there is nothing better than October in Houston. She is so right. My happy moment today was a quick lunch with a new friend on campus and the walk outside.
I’m not sure why I let the press of the day prevent me from indulging in lunch and a break from the work day. Listen to me… lunch is an indulgence! When did that become my norm? Shouldn’t it be an every part of my day? But sadly, like other things in life, I push it aside for other “more important” activities.
But maybe I’ve been short changing myself… maybe it’s time to remember that a mid-day break is more than feeding the body, it’s feeding the soul and refreshing the body.
100happydays challenge | Can you be happy 100 days
“Every day submit a picture of what made you happy!
It can be anything from a meet-up with a friend to a very tasty cake in the nearby coffee place, from a feeling of being at home after a hard day to a favor you did to a stranger.
#100happyday challenge is for you – not for anyone else.”
How can I resist this little documentary of happiness? I honestly saw this and figured I’d have to dive in. How about you?
@ Ritual in Houston for brunch.
I RSVP’d for this Meetup online ignoring the nerves that tend to start jumping whenever I step out of my comfort zone. But, seriously, brunch is harmless. Plus it’s my favorite kind of meal… the perfect start to my happiness challenge.
The Heights, a trendy Houston neighborhood, is about a 30 minute drive from me. The drive into town was easy on this beautiful October morning. Arriving to Ritual, I parked on the street, but they do have complimentary valet service which I recommend since parking can be a challenge. The restaurant has both inside and outside dining and has a pretty hip vibe which I enjoyed tremendously.
I met Kerrie, the host of the Meetup and what a sweetheart! She was so charming and had place cards for folks and chocolate mints! A lady after my own heart. Chocolate makes everything ok. She was an expert of putting people at ease as they wandered in. I met a great group of people that I might have never crossed paths with if I hadn’t signed up for a Meetup with strangers. LoL. I didn’t get to chat with everyone but there’s always next time.
I indulged in biscuits and gravy and a Sunday Funday mimosa. Definitely a a good way to enjoy a Sunday.
God speaks in different ways, and we don’t always recognize his voice. Job 33:14 CEV
Today is the day to step into the new morning as happy as a bird with a French fry. I’m challenging myself and you to share a little bit of that happiness with the big, wide world.
Pause and listen, what small act of kindness can you materialize in the world? Listen to the whispers that stirs your heart…and then act. You never know how the Spirit will use you to bring light to others.
Sometimes a picture is all you need.
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 NIV
Snap, snap, there goes another crack, spidering lines along an already scared heart silently. Broken hearts are funny things because when they break there is no crash, no clatter just silence. And a pain so deep that breath stops for a moment.
But in that paralyzingly silence, the Spirit steps in with a balm to the broken. What can feel like forever and a day of invisible brokenness, is slowly soothed and each crack, each fissure deep across your heart mended.
It’ll never be a perfectly smooth untouched heart. Who wants that? For each snap is a story, a lesson, a love so deep that to wipe it away ruins the story of your life. All those little snaps and great big cracks are all about being open to life and trusting that when the pain gets too big to breathe that the Universe is the ultimate Healer.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:26 KJV