Just Keep Smiling

Sometimes you just have to laugh, especially when things are going wrong.  Well, to be fair, when things aren’t going as planned.  Isn’t there an old saying that says something like “If you want to make God laugh, just tell Him your plans.” 

As a Christian, I’m more than happy to let God handle the planning and be in control.  But sometimes the circumstances in our lives are just funny.

I’m not one to debate the “whys” of life.  Why did I get cancer? Twice?  Why didn’t I marry my husband when we were in college, instead of a million years later? Why did my husband have to go through the pain of losing his first wife….and my kids losing their mother?  We could go on with “why, why, why?” all day long.  We will never know all the answers here on this earth.  All we can do is develop as positive an attitude as possible, surround ourselves with family and friends, and our faith….and keep plowing through….making this life as good as we can make it.

But there are days when you’ll just need a sense of humor about the whole thing.  Yesterday was one of those days.

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary.  Yay!  I’m so blessed that after nine years of marriage, I love my husband more now than ever.  Our union is strong.  Like I posted on Facebook yesterday, I didn’t really believe in soulmates until he and I married.  Praise God.  I also must congratulate my kids who have also put up with me for nine years. How wonderful it is to choose each other, and choose to love and care for each other as parent and child.

So, all of this is wonderful.  And that’s what stands out most.  But usually, you take time on your anniversary to go to dinner and have a romantic time together.  Yeah, not for us, not this year. Didn’t happen. 

I’m recovering from surgery (which I’ll blog about soon), and while I’m doing very, very well, I’m not supposed to exert myself too much, and especially carry heavy things or put pressure on my arms and chest.  So, I’m taking it easy.  Then my poor hubby comes down with a flu or virus….he’s coughing, congested, running a fever.  All he can do is go to bed!  If you know my hubby, he doesn’t sit still for much.  He can barely sit long enough to watch a movie!  And he was in bed all day Tuesday!
His fever finally broke overnight into Wednesday, but he was still very low energy and not at the top of his game. We’ve spent most of our time at opposite ends of the house. The last thing I need recovering from surgery is to get sick.  

So, on our anniversary, I’m sore and recovering, he’s sick and lethargic… not exactly the dream day.
No romantic dinner for us…no candlelight and flowers.

But you know what? It was still a good day.  We spent the day together, and laughed at our situation, and realized that we celebrate EVERY DAY of being together.  We’ll go out to dinner sometime soon. We’ll have our candlelight and flowers on another day.

Yep, we’ll always remember our ninth anniversary.  And I’ll remember it fondly…because it was another day spent with the man I love…and that’s something I want to celebrate every day, not just once a year.  🙂

So, what about you?  What’s your favorite memory of something going wrong, but yet you were able to adapt and laugh through it? 

It really is your attitude that can make your day better, or get you through the less than ideal situations.

Just keep smiling.

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