I knew exactly what she was talking about – except for me it has been a rough couple of weeks. Normally we handle problems and move on but sometimes, every once in a while, a problem creeps up and you have to stay with it longer than you desire. The question then becomes, how do you keep focused on the good things going on around you while you concentrate on the bad and the crazy
I won’t bore you with all the bad that has been in my life since the first of May, but so that you get the picture, I have to share a little bit of what has happened. Late April I issued a challenge to my twitter friends to do an act of joy a day so that they may see that “there’s no joy like spreading joy” and I would join in myself. I’m personally (not including the things I do through Spreading Joy Corporation – but as an individual) trying to reach 1,000 acts of joy and set a goal of 3 acts of joy a day! I’m a giver, love to give and therefore that shouldn’t be a problem – right? W-R-O-N-G! Another twitter friend @dr_uw commented “I like your page, very encouraging to risk exposure and share.”
I remembered that comment when my phone rang at 7:15 at work on that first Friday morning in May. My husband who had been only working 32 hours a week for months had been given the news the day before that they were only going to be able to work every other week. Not totally laid off, but not making 40 hours a week either. My daughter, Megan, had been dealing with vomiting for most of April and we were taking her to test after test after test. My son, Todd, was graduating in a few weeks and would be heading off to college at the end of the summer and then there is the normal, usual stuff that just goes on. In May the washer broke. That same week, while I was at the laundry mat my husband had a flat tire on the way home and that very night my son’s car had a flat tire. (Great a washer and 2 tires) The next week my breaks were going out on the car and when my husband went to change them he noticed that 2 of the lug nut BOLTS were off – yep….gone. He went to take the tire off and what do you know – the OTHER TWO broke off. I could not believe it. I just knew we’d have to pay a tow truck to take my vehicle a mile down the road to get fixed. This is all in the middle of dealing with Doctors and Nurses phone calls and trying to keep Spreading Joy Corporation going. I’m not telling you all of this for your pity – I will take your prayers – but I want to share how in the world we made it through the month of May without totally losing our sanity.
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