Sunday, July 08, 2007

Back Home

Gee, what will I do now that I don’t have to sit on blankets every morning or hide phones at night? What will I do now that I can actually get some sleep at night?

I’m back home. Mind you, in just a few days I leave for a major conference where I will be presenting some writing workshops so...it’s not like there’s that much of a break. But I’m home. There’s sunshine, a chance to catch up (a little) on my sleep, and reminders to smile everywhere I look.

This trip was a reminder of how far I’ve come. It was also bittersweet, remembering the hopes and dreams I’d once had for my marriage and for my son. It was a reminder of the importance of focus and keeping a sense of humor when things got more than a little crazy.

We can’t always choose what happens to us but we can choose how we deal with it. It’s not always easy—this trip was a reminder of that truth, as well. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to get to the point where we can ask ourselves—and get an answer!—what good could come out of the challenge.

There are times when the best we can do is simply remind ourselves that all we can do is the best we can do and that some things we cannot change and we’re not failures if that’s true. That’s one reason the list of things we have succeeded at matters. It’s a reminder, on our most difficult days, that we are not always helpless and there are things we can do.

Talk to all of you again in a week.

Sending blessings and safe and gentle ((((((hugs))))))),
April_optimist

4 comments:

Marj aka Thriver said...

Welcome back. I was thinking about you. I'm sure itwas quite bittersweet. And safe travels on your next trip. You're presenting writing workshops--cool!

keepers said...

glad you are back if but for a little bit of time. we are sure the break will be welcome before heading off again! Thank you for reminding us of some things, like doing what we can do and that is all.

peace and blessings and much success at the workshops

keepers

Karma said...

So true! One day at a time....

April_optimist said...

Thanks everyone. I had a great time at my conference (see new post).