It’s hard for me to believe it was a year ago that I published my first blog post. When I hit the “publish” button for In the Moment, The Brighter Side of Life was born. To be honest, I didn’t really know what my blog’s focus would be – just that I needed to write, and the writing needed to reflect my “glass half full” perspective on life.
What’s kind of funny is that it felt like a big “reveal” for me… publicly acknowledging I’m a positive person, and actually writing from that perspective. The reason it’s funny is that anyone who knows me knows that I generally look on the brighter side of things – but I think for years I’d been afraid to come across as a Pollyanna. (See my blogger friend Dawn’s great post “Not Just A Pollyanna!” on her wonderful blog, Choosing the Better Life – I know she can relate to how I feel on this!).
So here it is, folks: like Dawn, I’m not a Pollyanna. Seeing the brighter side is a choice. I’m not in denial about difficult, heart-wrenching days/situations/relationships in life. Instead, I choose to look for the good in people and situations whenever possible. And it’s always there – sometimes you just have to dig a little deeper to find it.
(Mind you, it’s tougher on some days than others. Today I felt very “off” and cried and ranted for no apparent reason. But I digress).
Happy Birthday to The Brighter Side of Life!!!
This blog has turned out to be my little bit of sanity in the chaos of life – so I’m grateful for it and am taking the opportunity to wish it a very happy birthday! And now, I’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who’ve been following my blog for the past year – or the past few moments. It’s meant a lot to have you on this journey with me as I sort out all the stuff in my head. And though I’ve recently started a parenting-focused blog, The Brighter Side of Parenting, stay tuned – I’ll still be posting lots on The Brighter Side of Life.
And now, here’s a brief highlight of five of my most popular posts from the past year, in no particular order. Enjoy!
In the busyness of life, sometimes it’s hard to be ‘in the moment’ and enjoy the small stuff. But it’s often the smallest things that are most rewarding, reminding us that life is not meant to be lived on auto-pilot. I challenge you to take a few moments to celebrate the small stuff.
Stuck at a fork in the road? Often we push forward through life, making decisions without taking the time to listen to our inner wisdom. But you don’t need to have everything figured out right now. Take a single step forward. The answers will come.
As part of Jeff Goins’ 15 Habits of Great Writers Challenge, I was challenged to take a public risk with my writing. eeek! So I exposed myself (no, not in the physically naked sense) and shared my biggest fear, the one I’ve struggled with my entire life.
My son periodically stumps us with mind-bending questions. This night was no exception as I scrambled to answer his concerns about natural disasters, God, angels, ghosts and the start of Earth.
You know those rare, special moments when all seems right with the world? When you feel absolute, pure happiness? In the past I’ve encountered such wonderful, unexpected moments after intense personal challenges. This particular moment came on the heels of one of the toughest and most rewarding challenges I’ve faced: backpacking the West Coast Trail.
(Parts 1 and 2, slightly condensed, also appear on Bucket List Publications: Stumbling Upon Bliss on the West Coast Trail).
Oh, and you know how I said I was highlighting five posts from the past year? Hah! Here’s a sixth, just for the heck of it!
Remember when you were a child, when using your imagination was a natural state of being? When each day was filled with possibility? Children don’t impose the limits on themselves that adults do. What if we took some time to peel back the heavy layers we carry, and allowed ourselves to imagine what we’d do if there were no limits?
So… what is YOUR favourite post from The Brighter Side of Life? What would you like to see more of?