Happiness Depends on Perception

Even on bleak days,

 there are certain facts that I stand on.

 I am alive,


 not living on the street

 but in a large old, quirky house,

 with acres of gardens, trees and meadows.

 I am still married after almost 35 years

 with 9 healthy, successful adult kids and 5 grandkids.

  I am loved by my family and God,

 even if I drive them crazy with my eccentricity.

 I have a computer,

 two hands with all my fingers to type

 and time to write for the first time in three decades.

 reasons to rejoice

 reasons that I stand on every day,

 even on bad days

How you answer the old question, “Is the glass half full or half empty” really does matter. It is amazing how I can turn my misery switch on and off and my joy button on and off. It really does matter how I view the world. It is a matter of taking a step back and looking at the big picture.

Do I choose to squint and focus on the thorns or do I step back and see the beauty of the entire bush. Do I focus on every miserable detail that goes wrong in my life or do I step back and thank God for everything that is right with it.

our children 

The Joy of Mothering


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