It didn't matter what kind of day I was having, looking outside made all my worries disappear for a moment. Outside my window the Magnolias had opened over night and the magenta leaves reached for the morning's sunlight. If only I could do that. But wait, I could and did. If I could forget my struggles for a moment, why not for two or three moments? Why couldn't I table my troubles?
I stepped outside and realized the signs of Spring were everywhere - from the small rhubarb plant starting in my garden to the choir of birds singing their morning song.
Everything was flourishing -- why couldn't I?
Could I turn my back on my catastrophic life and exchange it for a happy one? Could it possibly be that easy?
That day, I made the decision that changed my life forever. I would make a daily, hourly, moment by moment effort to see the positive in everything. Bad things can happen to good people but they do not have to control my life; my thoughts.
When I looked outside and saw the flowers, I had my story idea for this short post which was a Use Your Words challenge. Each month those participating in the challenge are given a series of words given to them from another blogger to use in a story. Each month I try to turn those words into a true story and this month I didn't have a clue.
I have had a lot of trauma in my life but so have a lot of other people. I can choose to dwell on those negatives or..... learn from them and draw strength and wisdom. I have chosen the latter.
My words were magenta, flourish, rhubarb, catastrophic and happy. They were submitted by Juicebox Confession.
I hope you take a few minutes to check out the other bloggers in this challenge - read their stories, comment on their posts and let me know if you find the words I gave another blogger before I can figure it out - as we never know until they go live.
Baking In A Tornado
Spatulas on Parade
The Bergham's Life Chronicles
Southern Belle Charm
Confessions of a Part-time Working Mom
Someone Else's Genius
Stacy Sews and Schools
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo
Searching for Sanity
Eileen's Perpetually Busy