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Find joy where you can

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sometimes terribly sad things happen. The shooting in an American school, the break up of a relationship, my Grandma dying.
I spent most of Saturday crying, and have randomly broken out crying at least once every day since.

But you can't let things like that stop your life. I'm so upset that I won't see my lovely Grandma again til I get to heaven, but that hasn't stopped me from going running or wearing the Christmas earrings I wear every year or smiling when something good happens.

No matter what happens you can always find joy somewhere. It's just a matter of noticing it.
Yesterday I found it in ignoring the cries of "I can't do it" from my legs and running faster for the last minute of my 28-minute run.
Today I found it at work of all places. Sometimes I can go a whole day without saying more than 10 words, but today so many people spoke to me. I walked to and from the subway with people I never usually walk with, and had fun conversations on the way. I saw a worker who hasn't been in for a while and her first words to me were "Wow, you're so small!"
Tiny little things, but they made me smile and that counts for a lot when I'm trying very hard not to cry.

So whatever situation you're in, you can always improve it by looking for happiness. I'm positive you'll find it.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ADARKARA 12/19/2012 8:02PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma. I'm sure she's watching over you. *hugs*

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/19/2012 6:08PM

    Oh Olivia!! I just want to throw you a great hug from across the pond!!

You will never know how many lives you touch with your thoughtful, uplifting words! But count me as one of those touched....


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MERRY_XMAS 12/19/2012 3:54PM

    Thank you for sharing... Sooo true...
It's the little things that remind us that we should keep smiling... Life is wonderful and it's a gift of which we must be very grateful and enjoy it the most!

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PKBOO3 12/19/2012 8:40AM

    Thanks for the encouragement. I would say all of us Americans are hurting right now. Such a horrible situation in Newtown, CT, at Sandy Hook Elemtary. I can't actually comprehend the horror of it.

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TORTISE110 12/19/2012 5:15AM

    So glad you are noticing the joy in your life while you go through some hard things. I think when things are hard it is so important to "go small." Joy and beauty are delivered to us every day we live...such a good reminder. Thank you!

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UNICORN212 12/18/2012 6:57PM

    Very true, very true.

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DISAPPEARING1 12/18/2012 6:34PM

    Thanks I needed to see this cuz I'm having a really rough time.

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KROLES55 12/18/2012 5:11PM

    No matter what the situation is I still Have Joy! God is a keeper.

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CAROLIAN 12/18/2012 4:46PM


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SEXBOBOMB 12/18/2012 4:41PM

    ...and today, I found it in your blog post.
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TXTOAD9970 12/18/2012 3:48PM

    I am sorry to hear about your Grandmother. emoticon

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