It's four degrees outside, and it's snowing. We're not even halfway through winter, and the onslaught of bad weather feels relentless.
I have a long day of work ahead of me, part of it cleaning up some problems, and I'm dreading it.
In short, I woke up feel glum this morning.
Today, I was planning to post the photograph below anyway. As you can see, I finished my puzzle. It took two weeks to do, not one, but I did it.
But look up in the upper left-hand corner. Notice that there are two pieces missing? See that there is an extra piece sitting there at the bottom that clearly isn't an edge or corner piece? It's a duplicate of a piece on the tree.
The puzzle came that way. For a long time, I wondered if I'd lost the two missing pieces, but the chances of randomly losing two adjacent pieces are nearly impossible. And the duplicate piece tells me it was a manufacturing problem, not careless assembly. In other words, I came home with a flawed puzzle.
This morning, I feel like my mood is the equivalent of someone who is staring at that empty corner instead of the whole puzzle. I'm focusing on the negative instead of the positive, and the positive truly is a much larger percentage of my life.
Seriously, don't you think it's a pretty puzzle even with the corner missing?
So instead of whining anymore about the weather or my schedule, I'm going to list ten things I'm grateful for. Some will be silly, some will be serious. It doesn't matter. I'm just trying to get a better perspective on my day.
1. I'm grateful for Michael, who loves me. He would not let me do one thing the entire day Monday after my procedure, not even microwave a cup of tea. He's a sweet man.
2. I'm grateful that we had a snow covering before we got the frigid temperatures. It's better for my roses.
3. I bought a really cute, dressy warm weather outfit on sale the other day. I'm looking forward to wearing it.
4. I have work. That's no small thing in this economy,.
5. In six days, we will get to see a historic event, the inauguration of Barack Obama. I don't expect him to be superman or a miracle worker. But I'm looking forward to it.
6. Falling snowflakes are a beautiful sight, even if the end product is a pain in the patootie.
7. I have a kitchen stocked with food. Michael went shopping on Sunday and bought a lot because he knew that we were supposed to have storms this week.
8. The other day, a neighbor said she would like to go bike riding with me when the weather is warmer.
9. I'm reading a book I'm enjoying. I'll talk about it when I'm done (which will be a while as it's 555 pages).
10. I don't have to have another colonoscopy for five more years. :-)