There is one day of the year that is my favorite besides Christmas day. That one day happens to be my birthday. How about you? A birthday is such a special occasion — when else do you have a chance to celebrate YOU, wonderful YOU for an entire day? This year I had a delightful day planned: attend a ladies luncheon; meet my sister afterwards for a small celebration; join my family for a celebratory dinner out. But, as all great plans go, things didn’t quite turn out the way I’d anticipated. Mother Nature threw a curve ball. Instead, I spent my special day clearing wet, heavy snow from the driveway and helping my husband breakdown ice dams. Was I disappointed? You bet I was! I felt like a spoiled girl who wasn’t getting her way and I didn’t like it one bit!

As I stood in my half shoveled driveway, resting on the snow shovel, stretching my aching back and feeling deflated, I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. I began to notice subtle things. The day was much milder than the freezing cold we’d been experiencing; a cardinal was in a tree singing to me; the air was refreshing; nature was enfolding me in a warm hug. Maybe this was the perfect gift, for a special day after all.

There are many times when things don’t go as planned. How do you react when it happens to you?   Do you stay in a state of miserable feeling more and more annoyed? Do you hang on to your pity party like I almost did? We always have the choice to look at the bright side. If you need help learning how to choose positivity, please reach out to me so we can set up a time to chat. And remember…………