Friends, esteemed readers, and lurkers…I’m a pretty optimistic person. In fact, I’d say, I’m optimistic to a fault. I have so much optimism that burns so bright, that when I run out of optimism, I’m the biggest pessimist you’ll meet. True story.
Anyways, my optimism is at its best when I’m channeling it to help others. So, I’m offering a lesson. And the cool thing is, the swell lady named Natalie has provided a gorgeous giveaway goodie (say that five times fast) to go with this lesson. Or rather, her handmade goodie INSPIRED the lesson.
When I first saw this scarf, the first thing I thought was, “It’s knitted happiness.” When Natalie approached me about doing a giveaway, she quizzed me on what colors I think best “suit” me. I think we both agreed that pink was somehow involved, but aside from that “bright colors” was the only answer I had. When she stumbled across this yard, she knew that this was it. There was no other single color of yarn that would ever sum up Kelly Rivard quite like this yarn did.
So, she sent me pictures, I squealed, and then began the relatively-short process of waiting for the end result. When Natalie sent me pictures, the only word I had to describe the scarf was, “Happiness.” So, today’s post is about happiness. Finding happiness, growing happiness, and letting small joys grow into larger joys.
I can never really remember a time when my life has been simple. While I grew up in a simple place with simple pleasures and a simple lifestyle, “things” were never simple. My household was a loud, busy, bustling place. Then Dad died. Then the quagmire of my teenage years began. Then life and family and friends all became more complicated, because that’s what they do in high school. Then, the blessing-and-curse known as bipolar disorder became a part of my life, followed by its partner-in-crime, bulimia.
Life has never really been simple, and it never will be, honestly. But, even a complicated life has its simple joys, and I think those are the seeds that grow the most happiness. You know the things I’m talking about — when you’re with friends and there’s a lapse in the conversation, a pause after laughter when you’re all soaking up the beauty of just being together; or, those easy moments where you wind up watching a sunset and marveling at its beauty as it promises a bright tomorrow.
Moving can be hard. I left what I knew to take on a fresh start in a city that was far from any familiarity. And I found happiness here. It wasn’t that things fell into place perfectly — while that happens sometimes, a look at my first almost-year here has definitely had some major setbacks. But, Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Matt Lohr phrased it perfectly during a session he gave at Missouri Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference in February: “Life isn’t about the cards you’re dealt, it’s about what you do with the hand.”
Whether you see your life situation as a garden, or a hand of cards, the ability to make good out of it rests in your reach. And you know what? The way you play those cards or sow those seeds may not turn out right every time — but each round or growing season is an opportunity to learn, and therefore a chance to get better it the next time.
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Leave a comment about what makes you happy. That’s all. That’s it. Just talk about your happiness.