When bad things happen

[Image credit: Stuart Miles]

After the horrific tragedy in our country on the 14th, the thought of celebrating my birthday was low on the priority list.  I opted to cancel my party — both the train park and the live entertainment.  Once I got home from work, I threw a load of laundry in the washer and contemplated how I wanted to spend the remainder of “my” day.  Deciding on a quiet dinner out with my little family, I mentioned to a close friend that she and her fiancé were welcome to join us if they were in the area.  It turned out to be a night to cherish my blessings: family.  Friends.  Another year of life.  Later on when I mentioned to another friend my feelings of guilt at enjoying myself, he reminded me that even though bad things happen in the world, it’s still okay to celebrate our own good things.  And that’s exactly what I did.

When bad things happen, are you able to embrace the blessings in your life?