12 Things To Smile About

The happy list

Have you ever had a real bad day? I’m talking real bad.

So bad that you found yourself staring at a kitchen tile, thinking, yearning, craving one happy thought.

You looked deeply into your dog’s big brown eyes and said, God, please. I’m out of creativity. I need something happy. The birds sing beautiful melodies in a tree outside as the leaves dance and swirl in the wind like in Pocahontas and you pray. Give me one thing. One tiny thing to make me smile.

Off the top of my head, here are twelve things.

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What You Have

What you have. Rebekah Koontz. Thanksgiving

Someone I know lost her mother yesterday. She was in the ICU and declining, and yesterday they got the call.

A week before Thanksgiving.

I know there’s no dad in the picture. That was a tragic story as well.

I shouldn’t know these things about her life. I’m not close to her even to be called a friend. I’ve just been there.

There, in the room, when things have happened. When news was relayed to someone else with me standing by.

I feel like God wanted me to know these things, though I have no right. I’ve no business knowing. I don’t mean to know. It’s just too much of a coincidence that I’ve been there every single time something has happened.