|My 100 Happy Days board on Pinterest.|
The day after K.B.'s funeral, I followed the lead of several friends I met while I was in Regina and started posting one picture a day as part of the 100 Happy Days challenge.
It was hard at first. It felt artificial - like buying roses on Valentine's Day. But just like those greeting-card holidays, my actions helped me direct my emotions. By the time I was a week into the exercise, I noticed I had a surplus of "happy things" in each day. How could I pick just one?
The very first picture I posted, on the way back to Ottawa after the funeral, had a surprise.
I had snapped the shot because of the glorious sunshine (yay, prairie sun!), but the sun had been so bright I hadn't seen the handprint. When I posted it on Facebook, one friend commented, "Perhaps the handprint is KB's ..." I really like that thought, and it has made this (relatively crappy) picture one of my favourites of the whole series. I go back to it from time to time.
While there are some pictures that reflect objects (like a pretty tea cup) or luxuries that our affluence allows (like our cleaning ladies), most of the things that make me happy are just . . . moments. Little snippets out of the day.
|Day 48: relaxing with Peter|
There is a time for everything,What the verse doesn't say is that those periods can overlap. It is possible, perhaps healthy even, to weep and to laugh or to mourn and to dance in the same day.
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
I decided to create a board for these pictures on Pinterest, and honestly didn't think anyone would follow it, but I've been surprised to see that
What about you? What are you thankful for?