Thursday, February 03, 2011

The Balance Of Good And Bad

afternoon tea

You ever have one of those days/weeks/months where you feel like the Universe is plotting against you? I am sure the answer is... of course. We all have days like that. I am facing one of those days/weeks and I am finding it absolutely amazing how powerful looking for the good in the bad is. Simple, silly, and a wee bit sappy... yes. But it helps, it really does.

Wednesday we were greeted with our first snow day of the season, I knew it was coming and had grand plans for the day. Lots of work-from-home things to do while the kids played in the cumulations. Alas, I woke up with severe back spasms, much like the ones I had while we were on vacation this past summer. It forced me to slow down, lay flat all day, and appreciate my husband. Rather than wallowing I choose to be thankful. How can I grumble when I have such wonderful support?

Today, the back pain is still here, but if I move slowly, I can do it. If it were a usual day, not a Universe plotting day, I could handle that. But this week is a testing one... so, Jacob has the flu and is out of school, Andrew's school lost power and canceled for today too.  I am forced again to stop and I am choosing find some good. The sun is out and the fresh powder is sparkling like glitter. It is absolutely breath taking.

As for tomorrow... I am taking in a heavy sigh and acknowledging that grand plans/hopes for tomorrow night (my first open studio night!) might not be all I cracked them up to be... but that is okay. Just being in my new space, and sharing it with friends, will be enough. That is the goodness I am finding there.

10 comments:

AliBaubles said...

I hope you feel much better soon, and have a sunny day, even if it's snowy!

Spirited Earth said...

sorry the Funkies have hit your house..back issues and kid flu :-(
bummer.
hope you are up and feeling great by tomorrow.
do you use those stick on heat patches for aches? my family swears by them..but warning..they get HOT.

Courtney said...

Hope the back is better. Be good to you.

Christine said...

Universe Plotting Days are never fun, but you're right, you can find something good in them. :)

I really, really, wish i could be there to help you celebrate your first open house in your new studio space. Although it may not be perfect, or exactly the way you wanted it, it will be great nonetheless! And there will be many more open-studio nights to come. Enjoy!

TesoriTrovati said...

This is exactly the reason for my quote... "every day may not be good but there is something good in every day." It really does make a difference to find that something good. Today I am catching up on all the Glee reruns while I sleep on the couch. I would love to be actually using this time to create jewelry or order supplies, but I have to let go of what I want and do what the Universe is demanding. Enjoy the day, Kerry.
Erin

Rebecca Bigg ~ Glass Candy said...

So sorry to hear that the Universe has other plans for you this week Kerry, but am increadibly warmed to see you take it in your stride and soldier on, its not easy to find something good in the bad, but if anyone I know can, It'll be you! xo Hope your back shapes up quick smart!

Cindy said...

Kerry, I totally hear you about having those kinds of days! That's been my week! But we all have so much to be thankful for, it is true. I hope poor Jacob feels better soon....the flu is no fun!

Laura Twiford said...

One of my favorite quotes of all time is by John Lennon "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans" Knowing this usually helps me to get through and know that it'll be better on the other side. hope you feel better soon!

Rebecca said...

What a great mindset - I wish I could channel it more often! I do hope your back gets better but it is so great to have that support network surrounding you. My issue of Artful Blogging arrived today - wow. It's a stunner of an article you've got in there! There's something about being able to see 'real' photos (as in on paper rather than a computer screen) that makes them 'pop' - your beads have never looked more radiant! I hope you are pleased with it. Hope all goes well with your open evening and that your week improves!

Janet said...

You will be fine! best Wishes and happy thoughts to you Kerry for your opening! ox