That bright spot

I sit here on my couch at 240am. I have been awake for over an hour. I could most certainly complain about my situation. My alarm is set to go off at 410 so I can hit snooze and it can go off again at 430. I have a 6 mile run on my training plan today. My 4 year old is laying across my lap. She had am accident which brought us here. Then she had a bad dream. She woke up and told me about it. I’m hoping for her sake that is over.

Instead of complaining I am going to look at the bright spots. We are safe and warm. We have another place in our house the is comfortable to sleep when we need it. We have running water. We are very fortunate.

Millions of people right now are without these comforts. My big kid D is in the current mess in Texas. I have other friends that are impacted by it as well. Our families and friends in Illinois and Missouri and other parts of the country are dealing with extreme temperatures and snow. What a scary situation to be experiencing.

If you are impacted by this my heart goes out to you and I am sending good vibes your way. I was talking to a friend recently and she said that she loved my bright spots. I write down one bright spot in my day. Some people call it a gratitude journal and others a thankful list. I am calling them my bright spots because I believe that no matter what is happening there is at least one bright spot in my day.

In the current situation of the world I am thankful for my health, my job, my home, the health of my family and friends. I could count all of those things each day as my bright spot and that would be okay. Maybe that I your only bright spot at the moment. That is fine.

For me, I try to look at things on a smaller scale. Maybe A learned a new word or she told me in detail about her day. Maybe she gave me a hug just because or she picked out a book to read together. Maybe J and I had a really thought provoking conversation. Maybe I got to sit and read without being interrupted.

These small bright spots may happen several times a day for you or there may only be one. I think it is important to find the bright spot in your day. Looking for that bright spot may keep you in a better mood and that is contagious (in my opinion). I know that people that are more positive are people that I want to surround myself with because they are probably looking for a bright spot even if that isn’t what they call it.

While I sit here and wait for the coffee to finish brewing I know it is a bright spot in my day that I have the ability to make coffee at 259am. It may be a long day today, but I know that if I stay on the lookout for the bright spots in the day it will be a great long day.

To those of you impacted by the pandemic and the winter weather my heart and positive vibes go out to you. Stay safe and do your best to stay warm. Today’s run will be in your honor.

Until next time,

Go for a run, do something you are passionate about, stay safe, stay warm, find the bright spot, be kind, be you.

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