It’s pretty obvious the world we live in today can be pretty rubbish at times. You don’t have to turn on the news to hear about all the hurting that is happening. Because it is happening so much closer to home. A loved one , a friend of a friend, yourself…suffering from sickness, heartache, loss, marriage trouble, abuse, idiotic dating, feeling like a failure at this mothering gig (or worse being MADE TO FEEL like a failure). The list goes on.
What I’m trying to say is- Life. Can. Suck.
Man can it suck.
But when I have reached, what feels like rock bottom, there always seems to be something that makes worth getting up for. Worth carrying on for. People in our life is the most obvious but often it is the unassuming things…the things that could pass us by if we are not keeping our eyes open through the dark times. It could be a unexpected letter in the post, a smile from a stranger or simply a good cup of coffee.
I call these sunbeams.
Anyone who knows me, knows I am a book worm and if I can have my head stuck in a new novel, well I am experiencing a slice of heaven (but these days it also mean I am on holiday because a) teacher life and b) eh hello motherhood). One of my favourite childhood books is ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl and in particular the quote in it “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” This quote has stuck with me for years- I have it in my home, I have it posted on my class book corner, heck- I even have sunbeams tattooed on me! Why? Well people spend so much time focusing on external beauty (guilty your honour) and actually if we were all to give just a little more time to how we treat others with our words, attitudes and actions… well that would create a whole lot of sunshine.
Not only is this my Monday Mantra but also a daily focus in life. Although 9 times out of 10 I fail and have to do better as the sun rises on a new day. But that’s the beauty of life right? We get to better ourselves. We get to spread kindness and sunbeams if we so wish to. We get to correct our mistakes. And even if there is a complete downpour, there will be a sunbeam somewhere. We just have to find it.
Today my sunbeam was putting Christmas Pjs on Noah (Yes I’m that annoying person in November!).
What was your sunbeam?