As many of you know, I have often stated that I’m all “rainbows and unicorns”.
Yes, it is somewhat tongue in cheek. I am a naturally positive person but “rainbows and unicorns” tends to denote someone who is living in La-La-Land. Though, let me tell you, there is something to be said for La-La-Land! Everything is beautiful, people are happy, we randomly break out in song and little critters are skittering about… It’s a nice place to be. But sadly, it is not my permanent place of residence.
Like many of you, my life is complicated.
Financially these past few years have beaten my family to a pulp. Medically, we have had at least one long term medical issue that threw a wrench in our daily (and financial) lives and then as that just started to get better, I broke my foot and haven’t been able to work for several weeks. Last fall, we got hit with Sandy which was probably a good month of daily insecurity, on top of what we were already dealing with. And right now, we are barely keeping our head above water, catching up seems elusive and typically, my husband’s anxiety levels fluctuate between orange and red on the “terror alert scale”.
Uh-huh…La-La-Land suddenly sounds very appealing doesn’t it?
A few years ago, before I started my whole “Reinventing Danni” mission, I think I would have marinated in misery. I mean, really, we went from middle class comfort and contentment with vacations and savings and 401ks… to debt to our ears, rationing food and praying the electric doesn’t get turned off before we scrape the money together. Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not sharing this for a pity party (which I only indulge in for one day every three months…I pencil it in on my calendar). I’m sharing this so you can see how attitude is EVERYTHING.
I decided, some time ago, that even though everything was falling apart, I would not. Every time something went wrong, I trained myself to look at every negative situation as a life lesson that would only enrich and enhance our lives. Mind you, sometimes it takes a couple of days to figure out what that opportunity to grow is, but I’ll be damned if I don’t find it!! And when I do find it, I embrace it.
I broke my foot so now I can take the time to appreciate some precious moments with my children (where I would normally be working).
I have time to look at my career path and adjust my dedication to learning new skills so I can be even more successful!
I am developing a new appreciation of how much I underestimated what my body REALLY can do and I’m excited to start a fitness program to take me to a new level of health!
I get to appreciate how wonderful my job really is because I miss it so much!
It’s very easy to forget how lucky you are when you’re in the day to day and all these great things that I’ve learned in the past several weeks makes me realize that the mess that we are in today is temporary. There IS a glorious light at the end of the tunnel and I am being handed all the life lessons to make it work. I am going to be SO SUCCESSFUL!! Hell, I already am!
Do I live in the land of “Rainbows and Unicorns” or am I just delusional?
<shrug> Only time will tell. 🙂