Waking this morning, I was filled with happiness, even while I was aware of the sore muscles from yesterday’s garden work. Later while driving, the sky was gray and overcast in that ‘oh so Cleveland’ way that has become so tiresome. I wondered what happened to Spring. I expected it to be here in full force by now. I bet you did, too. But funny thing…when I scratched beneath the surface, the happiness was still there. Now, as I look out the window, I see 2-3 inches of fresh snow on the ground with no signs of stopping. So much for my plans!
All this has me reflecting on how I approach life when it doesn’t conform to my expectations and standards. I am asking myself, When life throws me a curve, can I still find the happiness inside of me? Can I accept what is right in front of me in this moment and hold it along with happiness? What happens when happiness and unmet expectations meet and make friends? Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to exercise this ‘acceptance muscle’ on something simple that doesn’t threaten life and limb or loved ones. And the snow? Well, this too will pass. Right?