In our world, today marks the Monday morning following our long spring break.
Ours was a spring break filled with nothing…and everything. A lot like life, if you think about it. As I look back on the past ten days, there may be much to shake my head at, but there are even more moments to be thankful for.
My daughter—the 10yo to those of you who follow me on Facebook—drew this picture the morning after a tree landed on our house during a storm squall.
Isn’t it great?
Some people may see the tree on our house. I see a tree on our garage that missed our daughter’s bedroom and only grazed one car without leaving damage. I see how lucky we were.
Speaking of the 10yo, she was sick for most of spring break. Poor kid. We did just about nothing we’d planned on doing. We squeezed in one day-trip before she was hit with acute bronchitis. But you know what? She bounced off to school today back to good health, all smiles and swinging pony tail.
In the end, we managed play time at the park, some roller skating, and time spent outdoors near home. We watched movies together, we snuggled, we read books.
Our plans for adventure never came to fruition. That overnight to Washington, DC? Never happened. Our research trip to downstate Delaware? Nope. Trip photos and souvenirs? None. But guess what? Our spring break ended with happy memories of shared everyday moments and a healthy kid.
So as I move forward into the spring of 2016 and the next phase of my writing career, I plan to shift my focus away from all the things I should have done and all the goals I haven’t reached. I’m going to leave the nothing behind.
I’ll be focusing on the everything—every happy, challenging, growth-filled opportunity that comes my way.
I plan to celebrate every moment. I hope you’ll do the same.