Puddle Jumping

I’ve had a rough week. The week involved LOTS of fear, controversy, disappointment, personal issues, and FAR too much drama for my liking. Pair those issues with the stresses of my new job at the hotel and keeping up with my normal school work, and you get an idea of why I spent more of my week in tears of sadness than tears of happiness. I have to be honest…There are times when the storms of life just suck gumballs!

When I was a kid, I used to go out after a heavy rain storm and jump into the puddles of water that were left behind. As I splashed, I felt relaxed and free, with any worries of getting struck by lightning or soaked with water far gone from my mind. Maybe if I buy myself a pair of puddle jumpers like these, it would be a little bit easier for me to deal with the storms, though… TOO CUTE!

Back to my fond memories…After the storms had passed, I remember being ready to enjoy the sunshine again. I loved how green the grass had become, and how if I watched very closely, I could almost see the flowers drinking up the droplets of rain water from their petals and leaves. I even loved the smell that lingered in the air after the rainfall had passed. (Of course, when I was older and I learned that “the wonderful scent” was actually pollutants in the air, I felt a little less enthusiastic about the experience!)

There is something very serene about this visualization for me. I’m trying to keep the happy thoughts and memories in my head right now, because I think they’ll help me to push the “stinkin’ thinkin'” out! As a matter of fact, I’d like to have this picture enlarged, framed, and placed above my bed to remind me that there is always beauty in life…even after a storm!

I think Johnny Nash summed it up best, in his hit song, “I Can See Clearly Now”

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me down
It’s gonna be a bright bright bright bright sun shiny day.

Oh yes I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright bright bright bright sun shiny day

Many very intelligent people have said: When life hands you lemons, you can choose to suck on them and pucker your lips in disgust, or you can add some sugar to them and make a batch of something sweet. I’ve received a bushel full of lemons over the past 48 hours, and the sugar I’ve just added to them comes from the knowledge that I am loved and supported by so many wonderful people in my life. I raise my glass and offer a toast of thanks to all of you incredibly special people. In thanks for your support, encouragement, honesty, and love, may God enrich and bless your life in ways that you cannot begin to comprehend. CHEERS!

This week, I’m sharing a recipe that I found on a website called “Optimum Wellness”. I hope that these muffins taste as wonderful as they sound. They’re a healthier option than indulging in chocolate, bacon, or cheese (which are the first, second, and third choices on my “comfort food” list), and the name alone makes me feel better about baking up a batch. Please pass me a plate full of the HAPPY MUFFINS!

Have a fantastically happy week, my friends!



2 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Brian Donovan
    Nov 12, 2010 @ 20:29:08

    Another wonderful post, Sweetheart and yeah….Maybe we should both go looking for some of these puddle jumpers! I want mine in blue, though….Just don’t think pink will go with my eyes!


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