100 Beautiful Days – Day Seven

Day 7

I’m sliding in during the wee hours of the night to post Day 7 of 100 Beautiful Days.  Technically it’s day 8 but…since I’m just now heading to bed I consider it still day 7 in my land so I’m going to own it!!

Today was extra super, crazy busy and I had way more on my plate that one person could ever possibly, conceivably, imaginably get done!  (Clearly since I’m just now going to bed.)

I started a new phase of my job today which pushed me out of my comfort zone a little and kept me working pretty late. We start back to school tomorrow (today) so there was plenty of prep work for that and of course other regular areas of life still needed my attention. It was a wild ride let me tell ya!

I used to keep long hours and work in to the wee hours of the night when I was in the newspaper business. My kids were little and needed my attention during the day so I would knock out my interviews and then after I put them to bed I would stay up to write and do layout. They were much younger then and so was I!!

Many of you still work really long days and stay up late trying to fit it all in but I don’t have to pull the late-night shift very often.  Today was unusual but it was wonderful nonetheless.  My beauty for today was found in just a few moments like this:

  •  Working in my home office and hearing all three of my kids laughing together in the kitchen.This may not seem like a big deal to those of you with younger kids at home but mine are 21, 18 and 15 so having them all together doesn’t happen often enough and listening to them having fun was pure joy!
  • Finishing work and finding that my girls had folded and put away the laundry, picked up my grocery order and cooked dinner! Wow!! Need I say more??
  • Having a husband that put his own work on hold to periodically check in on me and make sure I had everything I needed and that all was going well.
  • Having a son that passed by my office door a few times, gave me a thumbs up and brought a smile to my face.

I could go on but you get the picture.  Sometimes, when we get busy, we forget to look for the beauty in the middle of the chaos. The day wasn’t perfect.  I spilled my tea first rattle out of the box this morning and I completely lost a document and had to re-type it from scratch.  Those were just a couple of the hiccups along the way but they couldn’t compare to the joy of a hard day’s work and the support of family.

What was the beauty in the middle of your chaos today?  What filled your heart with joy?


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