Why is Today Beautiful?

Sometimes the day just doesn't feel beautiful to me.

Sometimes it's just a bad day emotionally and as deep as I dig I cannot find a beautiful meaning to write about.

The everyday happy things in life are always beautiful (healthy kids and family, job, great friends, roof over my head etc.) but the sad/angry emotions seem to take over a lot lately.  Especially around the holidays.  That is why I haven't been able to write lately.  As soon as the holidays approached my emotions got the best of me and I just couldn't find the beautiful in the day.

wave-3It's been 458 days since my step dad was taken from us and some days it hurts just as much as it did that first night.  Grief is a horrible thing.  And it's so different for everyone.  I saw someone once write about how they described grief like the ocean.  At first the waves are 100 feet and you're just drowning as they crash over you.  Then as time goes on, the 100 feet waves are still coming, but not as often.  Eventually the waves become 80 feet or 50 feet, but sometimes another 100 foot wave comes out of nowhere - perhaps due to a holiday, or a strong memory and the grief hits you hard again.  This strong wave gets you soaking wet again and unable to breathe.  The writer said the waves will never stop coming, but eventually you'll learn to survive them.

Because of these waves (and I had quite a few over this holiday) I was just spent. I had no energy or beautiful thoughts to write.  So I reached out to my Facebook audiences this week and asked them "Why is Today Beautiful?"  It's amazing how people see the world - from the little things to the big things - some bigger than us.

Here's what they all had to say:

  • My family is healthy
  • The sun is out and I am feeling positive that 2019 is going to be a great year!
  • My daughter turns three
  • Sun finally came out
  • New opportunities and a fresh coat of paint
  • Doting on my brand new niece
  • Working from home which is energizing me!!
  • Kids went back to school
  • I woke up today
  • Because even through our hardest days, there is hope
  • The Christmas decor is down and put away and the house looks clean and neat!
  • My handful of friends who are true
  • My kids went back to school (and it’s my birthday!)
  • This gorgeously warm January day
  • I got to spend a quiet day with my girl
  • Because it’s the day the Lord has given us
  • House is mostly clean, husband is putting up new curtains in the living room and I got endless hugs and kisses from my three year old
  • So peaceful
  • Any day can be beautiful with the right perspective. That's all it takes
  • Got my workout in and it energizes me
  • Doing my hair. 2019 is the year of ME
  • Because it’s the only day we have, right here right now
  • Because there is a promise of a better tomorrow
  • Because I got to exercise!
  • It's my mom's birthday
  • Getting my confidence back
  • Because I woke up and a new day awaited me
  • I have a warm house
  • It's my birthday
  • Every day is beautiful if we appreciate it - each day is a gift. I always tell my kids "enjoy each day for what it has to offer". Gratitude can be found everywhere

david-dunnAnd if all those reasons aren't enough for you - and me - to realize that today (and everyday) is beautiful - my sister posted the link to the song called "Today is Beautiful" by David Dunn. It is remarkable and well, beautiful. Check it out on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/qdj_w3MxQXo

I'm sure the waves of grief and emotions will still come, but everyday IS beautiful for so many different reasons.  We all woke up today and were given another day on this earth to do something amazing. So embrace it, live life to the fullest and make it a Beautiful Day.

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