Cheer Up!

We’ve all had one of those Daniel Powter ‘Ya Had A Bad Day’ days…. but we all CAN climb up out of the dumps. We may not all climb up the same ladder to rise up out of our gloom…but all of us can find a way to build some steps out of whatever is weighing us down.

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I do a good job (I’m told) of masking over my woes. ….a trait I’m pretty glad I have as I’d rather spread joy than gloom anyway. But…I have to be honest. There are some things I’ve got going on in my world that …if I don’t renew my mind…and get my focus right on track… they can really get on my nerves! …like the bricks that cover my home. I’ve always despised brown brick. It is just boring…and is hard for me to decorate around. So…when I walked outside to find that my littlest chicklet had cutified them…well, I had to giggle! And…now…I’m thinking about encouraging her to finish the whole wall! Why not? I mean…who cares?! I sure don’t! I like a little color… Who am I kidding? I like LOTS of color…

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Just LOOK at me… Before meeting Chef Patric Bell in person the other day… I just HAD to send him a little pic of me in his favorite color… yellow. This pom pom is the first thing I could find…and I found it by tripping over it in my stairwell…one very cluttered stairwell. …cluttered with folded laundry, kids school papers, framed art waiting to be hung up….you name it. It collects there. But yay! I was looking for a way to send a little cheer across the cyber waves…and there it was! So…of course…I tweeted him the picture. He had to adore me already…right?! …and just like that…all my frustration I was feeling with my cluttered home…was like POOF! GONE! Yellow is a nice, uplifting color… hehe!

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Oh look…. There are those boring brown bricks again. ….right behind those adorable children! Yes… how could I ever stay down in the dumps when I have these three cheerful, fun, creative, loving children?? And…why are they smiling in front of those boring bricks with their arms wide open? Well…that was a BIG day for us. After five long months of living here with no grass…just hard, red clay…we got sod! …and they had just gotten home from school and were over-joyed to see the surprise of green COLOR. So yes…again… Color brings JOY!

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And then there are people that inspire me…that help keep me grounded…that remind me that no matter what…I am loved and always have been. I have a box full of letters from my grandmother. We were very close and shared our lives with each other through letters and phone calls all my adult life. She’s looking down on me now…all happy in heaven with my grandfather. And…that is a happy thought for me. When I’m feeling like my work load is too large and all woe is me like….I remember my grandmother…and how selfless she was. I have never met another person to top her generosity of time. Just remembering her and all she did during her life for everyone she came in contact with …and for me… is therapy enough for me to get up and get back to work! …with a little more pep in my step. …and look closely at her letter to me in the picture above. She was dotting her messages with smileys long before texting and the whole cyber world of messaging. Gotta love that! 🙂

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And…then there are FRIENDS! Friends that know just the right time to call. Friends that know just the right day to treat ya to lunch. Friends that reserve tables in the very very back of one of your favorite eateries….just to be sure to create the perfect environment for ‘fixing’ the messes that have popped up. So…friends, no matter what you may be going through…I hope you all can find a little color to focus on for a minute…and if not…well, then… CREATE SOME COLOR IN YOUR LIFE! It really is true… in the long run… The good things DO out-weigh the bad. Keep on the sunny side!
And…how ironic…that on the day after a really down day…when I needed a pick-me-up… I sat down to good old-fashioned friend therapy…in front of a sign on the wall next to our special ‘secret’ table …that says: Cheer Up! Isn’t it ironic…don’t ‘cha think?!

I love my life!

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Happyness,
~angie

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About angietillman

Free spirited southern gal... owner of a gourmet pickle company in Athens, GA. www.phickles.com Wife and mother of 3... I love writing, cooking, entertaining, traveling, and enlightening books & conversations. Finding my purpose little by little every day... Hoping to leave a legacy of love & grace by a full circle kinda life. "Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you." ~Maya Angelou
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