The one thing you can add to your day to make it a little brighter. Because there is a truth that never changes–one thing leads to another.
My father always said that there are a few things that are always true in this world.
Words to live by.
Maxims to cross-stitch on a pillow.
Axioms to turn to when the world seemed to be spinning out of control.
And these? These were my father’s words of wisdom
Every day is a new beginning.
In this whole wide world, there is only one you.
When you love what you have–you have everything that you need.
Kindness always wins.
When life hands you lemons make lemonade.
….one thing leads to another.
He was so right you know—that wise, wonderful, incredible, missed-every-day father of mine.
One thing does lead to another.
Like yesterday. My husband worked in the yard and the sunshine. He weeded the flower beds and raked the mulch and cut back the bushes and trimmed the trees.
And when he was done?
These branches covered the yard.
He had them stacked up to one side, ready to get rid of when I motioned to him from the front door.
“Let’s not throw those away,” I said. “I’m going to make an arrangement of them.”
To his credit? He never blinked. He never questioned. Truth? There was not even a single raised eyebrow.
He’s lived with me for years.
He’s seen it all by now. And besides…
…he knows that one thing leads to another.
I filled a vase with water.
(total aside: I got this vase from Target last year from the Hearth and Home line. They have some that are similar there now, but they don’t make this particular vase anymore.)
Then I started trimming the branches to fit the bay window.
Sometimes simple ideas are the best. The incredible thing about those branches. They were a little lopsided. They were a little oversized. They were headed for the trash pile. But all it took was someone changing perspective. All it took was someone recognizing the value. All it took was someone seeing the beauty that was there all along.
And something amazing happened.
They filled up that bay window and brought spring and sunshine into the room.
Here’s what my one thing leads to another looks like.
I am my father’s daughter. His words of wisdom are imprinted on my heart. And so? I used these leaves as inspiration.
Yesterday? I decided to try something different.
I took all the energy that I had been spending on fretting and mulling and thinking and worrying….
….and flipped the script.
For an afternoon I tried with every last little bit of everything I had inside of me…..
….to leave a joy trail.
I put together a webinar to help small businesses.
I commented on blogs with dozens of exclamation points.
I told each and every member of this family how special they were to me.
I called my mom and told her she was amazing.
I smiled so much that I made myself laugh.
And guess what happened?
One thing led to another.
It was amazing.
You are brilliant so you know where this is going.
I was so busy being positive that I forgot all about the worry. And the overwhelming. And the current situation. I know it seems Pollyanna. I know it seems like such a simple solution. I know it seems like I’m oversimplifying it.
I get it.
With all that joy? Worry simply couldn’t compete.
Especially with those amazing leaves in the bay window. 🙂
PS Just in case you wanted to leave your own joy trail…
….here’s a few extra exclamation points to get you started. (!!!!!!!!)
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