Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Sun'll Come Out!

I love Hard Knock Life from the musical Annie. The witty lyrics, the cute, mistreated orphans...it just makes for a great number.

But I can't help but think about the other famous piece from Annie, Tomorrow! That's a good one too, and oh-so-inspiring.

The sun'll come out Tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There'll be sun!

Just thinkin' about
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
'Til there's none!

When I'm stuck with a day
That's gray, And lonely,
I just stick out my chin
And Grin, And Say, Oh!

The sun'll come out Tomorrow
So ya gotta hang on 'Til tomorrow
Come what may

Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
I love ya Tomorrow!
You're always
A day
A way!

So...am I more of a "Hard Knock Life" girl or "Tomorrow!" type?

At this point, I'm probably the HKL type.

I see the cruddy parts of life instead of focusing on the positive. Instead of knowing that tomorrow (or even today) holds promises that I can't even fathom if I just "hang on til tomorrow."

In Bible study on Monday we talked about the opposite of complaints. It's thanksgiving! It's being grateful! It's gratitude!

So today, instead of complaining about Beck's ear infection and Evie's runny nose and rattling cough, my sore throat and Ira's requirement to be at work extra in the month of January, I will offer up thanks.

Thanks for my breakfast-in-bed this morning. (eggs and bacon really do taste better in bed!)
Thanks for the sunshine that warms when the wind bites.
Thanks for a good book to read.
Thanks for fellowship with uplifting new friends.
Thanks for a party to plan. (more on that later)
Thanks for the promise of tomorrow.

I am reading Simple Abundance: A daybook of comfort and joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach and she says the only way to begin to live a life of abundance is to keep a Gratitude Journal. Write 5 things a day that you are grateful for. Always. No matter how delightful or detestable your day has been.

I want to be a "Tomorrow" type.

"When I'm stuck with a day that's grey and lonely...I just stick out my chin and grin and say! OOOOOHHHH!..."

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