I love sprinkles! Jumbles of brightly-colored sugar that decorate festive little sweets. I don't really like the way they taste or crunch, but somehow they always make me feel like celebrating. My love for sprinkles has always been a joke in my family. So much, that I laughingly say, "Life's better with sprinkles"!
Today I am having a "sprinkle" kind of day! I'm celebrating what's right with the world. During pre-planning, my principal shared with us an inspirational video, that really had an impact upon me. After eighteen years of motivational speakers, speeches and videos to start the school year off, I realized that this one was different. The video was by National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones. During this brief twenty-minute video, he encouraged viewers to "choose to see the possibilities". Often, we find too many faults with the world, and instead need to "Celebrate what's right with the world".
Today (as corny as it may sound), I'm celebrating what's right in my world! I'm celebrating that Adelia was selected as one of the first chairs in the flute section out of four band classes at the high school. I'm celebrating that I have a husband and family that love me. I'm celebrating that old and new friends have reached out to me. I'm celebrating Ronald and Helen, my wonderful parents. I'm celebrating the many people are lifting me up in prayer. I'm celebrating that Griffen is so excited about auditioning for his elementary school chorus. I'm celebrating phone conversations with old friends. I'm celebrating that my husband enjoys cooking. I'm celebrating that Arleigh makes me laugh with her singing and dancing. I'm celebrating my Salvation. I'm celebrating a stranger (who will soon become a new friend) who sent an email today to offer her support and experiences. I'm celebrating phone calls and emails from my children's principal and teachers, assuring me they will give my children "extra love" during this time. I'm celebrating the support that my wonderful CRMS family is giving me, my new book on reserve from the public library and even celebrating my new prescription for Xanax! (LOL)
As I begin my unknown journey with breast cancer, I know that it is going to be so important that I remember to celebrate what is right in my world. The alternative would be too dark, depressing, and unhealthy for everyone. I know that difficult times are ahead, but the unconditional love of God, my family and friends will put "sprinkles" on the days ahead.