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Thankful Thursday | from joy to joy

Flowers in early morning sunshine.

A quote from James Clear, a best-selling author:

“Some people get addicted to chain-smoking their problems. They spend all day going from sorrow to sorrow. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can live each day going from joy to joy—like a sunflower that turns to face the sun as it moves across the sky.

It’s not about having a problem-free life, but about focusing on the light. Sunflowers still have shadows, but they are always behind them.”

White flower in morning sun.

I think this is a beautiful way to describe what it’s like to focus on the good, although I think it is slightly inaccurate.

I think of it more like a ping-pong from one to the other….going from joy to joy to sorrow to joy to sorrow to sorrow back to joy again.

Authenticity acknowledges the sorrows, but it does not buy the lie that says, “Your life is only sorrows, all the time.”

rainy windshield.

That lie is what gets us into trouble, I think; when do not lift our eyes from the sorrows long enough to notice the joys that are sprinkled in.

And I maintain that those joys (maybe just tiny ones sometimes) are there for the observing, even in the hardest of times.

morning sun.

This week, I am thankful:

that I’m finally making some progress toward getting my CNA

I want to get a student nursing job by the end of this semester, mainly so that I can get some more hands-on practice.

But I need to get my CNA license to work at the hospital I want to work at, and there are multiple hoops to jump through to get that. Yesterday I got the background check hoop jumped through, so now I’m one step closer!

that one more test is done

By the time you probably read this, I’ll be done with exam 4 in Med Surg.

Sooo, that means I have two more Med Surg exams left (one regular, one final) and in my women/newborn class, I have one regular exam and one final left.

Only four more exams to get through. Yay!

(Wait. I take that back. I have an ATI practice exam and an ATI proctored exam as well. ATI is a nursing education testing company, so these tests are not school-specific. So…I guess six more exams.)

that the string of rainy days is nearly over

Sometimes checking the forecast cheers me up, but this past weekend, it made me feel rather womp-womp because there was a long string of days with a rain graphic.

But mercifully, after today, we have a string of sunny, dry days coming up. Woohoo!

sun rising above trees.

that the basement here does not flood

We had some torrential rain the last few days, and the basement is totally dry. This never fails to impress me because my house is set in kind of a dip, at the bottom of a hill.

Whoever set up the drainage systems here did a good job, because we have never had basement leaks in the whole time we’ve lived here.

(which is almost two years. WHOA.)

for cat snuggles

From Miss Shelley:

black cat in Kristen's lap.

And Chiquita.

Chiquita in Kristen's lap.

She was watching immunological disorder videos with me. 😉

cat in lap.

If only she could help me with my exam!

for friends to study with

I got together with four other nursing students yesterday to do some exam review, which is both helpful and fun.

I know I say this all the time, but I love my fellow students so much.

that the waves are often small these days

You all are familiar with my metaphor for processing the hurt I’ve been through…that I envision these episodes as waves. They are so much less frequent now, and when they do appear, I feel like they are usually faster to move through.

(as compared to when I first left my marriage)

Last night I was driving to a meeting, and one popped up. I felt indignant and angry, tears sprang to my eyes, and then in less than five minutes, the wave had passed.

I appreciate that these waves are less exhausting than they used to be, and I think that is a sign that I am growing and healing.

a new Hawaii sticker

Lisey did a little island-hopping to visit Big Island, and she mailed me a sticker from her travels.

laptop with stickers.

She can catch a flight from island to island for free because of her job, which is a pretty sweet deal!

What are you thankful for this week?

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Anita Isaac

Monday 8th of April 2024

so glad you are healing. my son Noah has his Bar Mitzvah in a few weeks. he has been practicing with the Cantor for a year. he does his work without complaints and i am so proud of him. and so grateful that when i was bat mitzvah age they didn't have the ceremony for girls. i would never have survived. my daughter had her bat mitzvah three years ago and "she knocked it out of the park" as the rabbi likes to say.

i have a milestone birthday this year. i am now 20 years older than my mother was when she passed. i never in my wildest dreams thought i would be this old. it is kinda scary. i want a nice trip instead of a party. disney or universal would fit the bill. or Dollywood and Graceland. we have done so many road trips in recent years. we don't own a car so road trips are super fun.

Caroline Starr Rose

Monday 8th of April 2024

I wrote down that James Clear quote, too!


Friday 5th of April 2024

I battle depression so every morning I have to make the decision to seek happiness. If I don't gloom slips in. Your blog always lifts my mood!


Thursday 4th of April 2024

As I don't think your home is that old, you can thank building codes. We occasionally have a water issue - not flooding per se yet still an annoyance. If it were not for state building codes, I shudder at what might have been built in my county. Chiquita be thinking those images look like morsels of food - but what kind lol. So glad to get the moisture (rain then snow which melted fast) but glad we're seasoned enough to know when to call it a night and see what tomorrow brings. And for a handy husband - and one that knows his wheelhouse. In other words, his male ego does not drive his actions and decisions.


Thursday 4th of April 2024

Thankful for- My 2 week never ending cold is starting to let up. That the portion of the xway that I drive is not closing until 2025 and I doubt I will be working then. There is only 1 easy way to work, the expressway. That my youngest asked hubs to come on a fishing trip with them, although hubs won't go cuz he would have to fly it is very nice he asked. He even tried to find non stop flights for him. Being able to see some green on shrubs! Hoping our trip to see the eclipse works out, my oldest lives in Columbus OH with my luck it will be cloudy ha ha. That we started a puzzle club at work- what fun! A number of my co-workers are hard core puzzlers.

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