Day One of 365 Days of Silver ~~ I Am Grateful for Friends

“Optimist: Someone that knows taking a step backward after  taking a step forward isn’t a disaster. It’s a cha-cha.”
– Robert Brault

Welcome to 365 Days of Silver! Call it a blog about being positive, about looking for the silver lining, or even a live and open Blessing Jar. What it is a very real attempt to write something down every day that I feel grateful for. My mission to look and find something, even if it’s just that I am grateful to be alive and breathing. And ,hey! Being alive and breathing is something pretty amazing and well worth being grateful for!

People tell me I am a very positive person. Well, I try. It hasn’t always been that way. There was a time when I would cry on Friday afternoon because had to go to work on Monday morning—ignoring the fact that I had a whole weekend ahead of me!

But I learned, bit by bit, to make a shift in my life and my attitude. To find the good. To see the silver lining.

I liken it to that game “Where’s Waldo.” There is that intricate picture with hundreds of little figures and the object is to find that little teeny guy in the red striped shirt and red and white hat. It was all but impossible. It could take forever to find him. But the second time it was a little bit easier. The third even easier. Until it got to the point where the eye was trained and he leapt out in seconds.

That is what looking for the good is all about. Training the eye, the mind, the heart and the soul, to find the good in seconds. To get to the point where it isn’t hard.

To tell the truth, it’s been a little more difficult for me lately. For a couple of months. Actually, since August.

I’m not even sure why. It’s affected everything. Even my writing—I haven’t been able to be as productive. And damnit, writing is my bliss.

But it’s gotten to the point where even my mother has noticed. To my shock she said, “I’m concerned honey. You’ve lost your joy.”

I told my husband, and was startled again when he all but immediately agreed. “You don’t see the joy in all the tiny little things that you always have.”

Well, they’re wrong. I haven’t “lost” my joy. It’s here, it’s in my heart. But for some reason it has become…obscured.

So I realized it was time to make it my quest to recapture that joy again. I saw that in something that just happened recently.

I was suddenly thrust into mandatory overtime. Lots of it. From what we were told it was going to be as much as six weeks of seven days a week, with 12-hour shifts. I was nearly thrust into despair! I saw it as eternity, and not weeks.

But then luckily my dear friend Lois reminded my of my gratitude journal (which I had also let slip by the side of the road). Instantly I saw her wisdom and seized on it like a life preserver in an open ocean. With the first day of overtime, I started every day—even before brushing my teeth—by journaling (live on FaceBook) something that I was grateful for.

I was thrilled to find that it was like riding a bicycle, I didn’t forget how to do it. Right away the ability came back, and right away it gave me hope. The dark days started with some light.

Better, it affected my attitude. I sailed through the first week of overtime, and remarkable things happened. Not only did I find I was having some fun, but I came up with an idea—and instituted it—that will wind up saving the company hundreds of hours per year, and maybe as much as (if not more) over a hundred thousand dollars! The head of the company stopped and thanked me!

And more! Co-workers would tell me how much they appreacited my smiles and my attitude. That it was lifting them and helping them with their hurt and anger and exhuastion.

So what could have been a horrible sentence, turned instead into an incredible opportunity. Had I entered that overtime being angry and negative, none of these blessings would have come to me.

That’s the thing in this life. There are dozens, hundreds, thousands of blessing just waiting for us!

In the Bible-Luke 12:32-it says, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret tells us that we get what we envision. That thoughts become things. Every religion points this out.

The inspirational music group Casting Crowns says it this way….

We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

God (the Universe) wants us to be happy. We aren’t supposed to live with “just enough.” We can have whatever we desire.  We shouldn’t be satisfied with “just enough” Just enough isn’t enough.

So here I go. Finding the good in every day. I’ll be accountable, since I’ve created this blog. I hope I can do it. Some days will be nothing but a word or a sentence. But will try to keep the promise.

And today? I am grateful for friends.

Wow, do I have friends! I can scarcely believe what friends. True friends. Friends I can count on and who I hope can depend on me. Friends who help me at an instant’s notice. Friends here in Kansas City. Friends on FaceBook. Friends in the writing field, and the many people who read my stories.

Such wonderful friends!

Thank you Universe for my friends. Thank you friends for being my friends.

I love you all. And trust me, I do not take you for granted!

B.G. Thomas

“Silver Metal” photo by Pippalou and “Friends” photo by Nazka2002