Today was kind of a mixed bag.
A pipe burst under our kitchen sink and threw off my plans for dinner/the rest of the day, and I’ve been struggling for hours with writer’s block on the blog post I had planned to publish today. Not the worst day I’ve had recently, but not really a great day either. Thankfully, the pipe was an easy fix (yay for Josh’s homeowner’s instincts!), we were able to each rustle up something easy for dinner, and the fact that you’re reading this blog post is evidence that I figured out how to fulfill my daily blogging obligations.
When things don’t go as planned, it can be easy to get frustrated. I confess that I let myself pout there for a minute. But I’ve recovered, and I thought I’d share three things that made me smile today:
1. Lulu is doing so good.
I’ve been walking her every evening and working on obedience with her for about a week and a half. She’s been much more obedient and affectionate towards me in the last couple of days than she’s ever been before. It’s really sweet.
2. This “Thank You Mom” ad.
This actually made me CRY, not smile, but it was the good kind of cry. I hate getting suckered into caring about an advertisement, and I have mixed feelings about The Olympics, but, come on. This is such a great video. Go hug your mom if you can.
3. I can tell I’m getting stronger.
I’m sorry if y’all are getting tired of me talking about yoga, but this is the first time in years – a DECADE, really – that I’ve found an exercise that doesn’t make me feel like complete crap afterward. I’d kinda given up hope that I would ever find something I like. I’ve also been doing some minimal body weight arm exercises since Josh bought an exercise apparatus a few weeks ago. This week I can really tell a difference. Doing yoga is strengthening my previously-injured shoulders, which, in turn, helps me do my arm exercises more effectively.
Today was my fifth day in a row doing simple, gentle yoga sequences, and not only are the poses & my assisted pull-ups getting easier every day, but I can tell I’m stronger in other ways, too. Pushing the trash bin up our steep driveway, opening a stubborn jar without any help, not getting winded walking up and down the stairs on laundry day.. They’re subtle things, but they mean the world to me after being stuck in bed for over a month. I expected I’d be able to tell a difference in flexibility and strength once I gave yoga a chance, but I honestly thought it would take me a few weeks to notice any remarkable difference. I’m so grateful for my recent uptick in energy and the momentum I’ve gained by being able to do this!
Whew, that feels better. There’s a lot to be said about focusing on positive things when you’re tempted to feel sorry for yourself. I want to acknowledge that it doesn’t always work.. sometimes we feel heavier & sadder than normal (and that’s okay).. but it’s worth a try! If you’re having a rough day, I pray that things will turn around for you tomorrow. In the meantime, think about three things that made you smile today, and leave a comment telling me about them (if you’d like! I know I’d like that).
See y’all tomorrow.
P.S. Immediately after publishing this post, I hopped over to Kirby’s to see if she’d posted while I was writing, and she had – it turns out we’re riding the same wavelength today! If you’re struggling like I was today, she’s got three suggestions for making it a good day. How cool that we were writing about similar experiences at the same time.