Though it would seem to be a wonderful thing if everything in life always went as expected, the reality is that life is full of crazy surprises. Silly and inexplicable things happen all of the time despite our best efforts to avoid them. And yes, some not so wonderful things happen along the way as well. But, that’s just one of the many side effects that comes with living. Sometimes, I feel as if life itself is a little kid at heart like me. It can get rather dramatic at times and seem to almost be having a tantrum, but then it starts to giggle at something completely random and things change once again. Or, at least, that’s my reaction to life as it spins new things into my path each day. Well, to be sure, I’m constantly doing new things all of the time and causing much of it to happen myself. So perhaps, life is just giggling at me for being crazy enough to attempt so many things at once. But either way, me and life are having quite a good laugh together and it makes living a rather enjoyable event. Our life is measured by the things we actually do, after all, not the things we avoid.
For the past couple of days here, we’ve had a bit of snow. The ground is far too warm to accept it properly, so the result is just a dusting of white on the grass. It was not predicted to continue today, but arrived anyway without the invitation. I was immediately giddy and happy, like a kid ready to rush out the door with his sled at the first sight of a snowflake. On the elevator at work, where people grasp for something to say while waiting for their floor to arrive, and the conversations always turn to something safely mundane like weather, I encountered others. One woman lamented the falling snow as though it was practically apocalyptic. I thought she was joking so I started giggling, but then she shot me a serious and confused look. The door opened a second later and she stumbled off, but I was still baffled as to what had just happened. Apparently, my approach to life is a bit too giddy for some people. I experience this all of the time. It’s not that I ignore serious things that happen in life, it’s that I never choose to dwell there. I always see a glimmer of something sparkly in the dull mist and that’s what I choose to focus upon.
What I’ve learned is that life can be as humorous as we allow it to be. There are crazy turns that it takes and things we desperately wish would not happen that it makes happen in spite of us. My crazy kid at heart approach can sometimes seem off-putting to someone who is insistent in wallowing in the negative aspects of a situation. But, I just can’t join them. I’ve never been in a situation that didn’t have that glimmer of hope on the edges, even when all hope seemed lost. And that shiny bit that’s waiting there is what I always gravitate toward. I don’t deny that life can deal some incredibly sad and awful things as we move through this journey. But, what I believe with all of my heart is that we can see past those things and find the bits that shimmer. The tiny and almost invisible bits of life that show us there’s still something beautiful to be found along the path. A small and seemingly irrelevant thing can be just the thing we need to feel that joy and giggle again. And, sure, I probably spend way too much time giggling, but it’s the best method I’ve learned to deal with things, when life gets funny.
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