Why I’m Terribly Happy Today

Sometimes I have a bad day.
And sometimes I feel like nothing is going right.
And if I remember to do so, I make a list.  The biggest list my awful cranky hands can scribble down……..of all the things that are good in my life.
And without fail, every time, those words make their way up into my consciousness, erase the ick, and allow my whole little self to see what a beautiful day it is.
Tricky little list.
And even though I’m not having a bad day today, it’s Thanksgiving (well, in the U.S.), and I’m going to sit down a write a lengthy list later on today.  And add every last bit of good in my life to it.  
Some of those things on my list would be:
  • unsolicited kindness
  • freshly bathed babies
  • a clean kitchen
  • tight, tight hugs
  • baked goods right out of the oven
  • morning toddler kisses
  • belly laughs with friends
  • the excited squeal, “mommyyyyyyyyy!”
  • phone calls from family
  • fresh flowers
  • a husband who dares love me
  • unforeseen opportunities
  • egg nog
And you know, on that list, jotted down in many places, would be you, you, you, and you.  
Yep, you read that right.  I know, I wonder all of the time how I can adore and appreciate random people who I have never met.  But it just happens.  And I really do receive some of the most heartfelt comments and emails, some of the best support, some of the funniest messages……….that all come at the right time.  
 Makes me want to share Thanksgiving dinner with all of you.  (As long as you bring over pie.  Well, maybe two.  Because my dream Thanksgiving would be a 7 course, pie-tasting meal.  Oh, yum.)
Maybe we could all meet up sometime?
I really would love it.
Enjoy your day.  
And test out that list thing, it will trick you too.
 
Happy Thanksgiving!

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17 Responses to “Why I’m Terribly Happy Today”
  1. 1
    The SPANGLER says:

    What a fantastic remedy for the "crankies" and bad mood cloud that sometimes seems to follow us around. Just reading the few inclusions on your list brought a smile to my face – many would make it to my own list which I will definitely have to make!
    So thanks for the smiles :)

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    Laura says:

    Ashley,
    I started reading your list and when I got to the freshly bathed babies I got all choked up! They are truly amazing (I have a new granddaughter) and I love the rest of your list, too. Have a wonderful day!

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    Birdie3008 says:

    You are so right on with this list, LOVE it. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your day :)

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    Dacia says:

    Right on! I played a game with my Sunday school class last week. I had them look around the room and focus on all of the red things. Then I had them close their eyes and tell me all the yellow things they saw. Sometimes when we are so focused on the negative we miss the positive. Great list. I love the smell of freshly bathed babies!

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    Karena says:

    Ashley,

    So grateful to have you as a blog friend!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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    Meu canto, nossas conversas... says:

    Hello! It's lovely your blog, since I discovered this wonderful blog I have always seen it. You are a person with many ideas, creative and have beautiful children!
    kisses
    Flor

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    DeeDee says:

    Happy thanksgiving Ashley ♥

  8. 8
    Krista says:

    Great idea – I need to start using it… daily.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    leardonsbelle says:

    Just the advice I needed. Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. 10
    Becs says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! hope you're having a lovely day :)

    Becs xx

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    Anna says:

    Well, I read it a day late, but thank you too, for the wonderful posts you bring to us. I hope you have a great holiday!

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    troutdalite says:

    great advice. i actually try to jot a few down daily in my journal. it so works for me.

    AND I totally love the shoes shot on the top of the post. THE BEST!!

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    Adventures in Calli Land says:

    I will bring at least 7 pies I love to bake pies and only made 3 this year.

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    Sharon says:

    I love your list!! I would only replace egg nog (yuk!) and add "Reading fun blogs" and making the great ideas I find.

    thanks for the perspective too.

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    Martha anne says:

    That is such a wonderful thing to do, I should start doing this when I start feeling for myself. Thanks so much.
    Also your kids are adorable!
    marthataylorphillips.blogspot.com

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    Torie says:

    This sounds silly but Thank You for this post! It brought tears to my eyes during a time that has seen more bad days than good it’s always nice to have a little reminder of the good things in life. I’m going to do this :)

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