When life gets hard I tend to nit-pick and find excuses to complain about everything. We've been so busy lately I feel like I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off. There are so many things that aren't going the way I want them to, or aren't happening fast enough that I find myself unhappy at the end of the day. Today I was thinking in a broader spectrum. I was thinking that Zoe actually improved a bit this afternoon in her fussiness with my sister-in-law...teething and all. It occurred to me that Love and I both have jobs during these rough economic times. I own a home and I do not owe more than it's worth. Even if that's all we can do, my bills are always paid. We have never gone hungry. My clothes may not be really nice and they may not fit perfectly, but at least I have something to wear. My car is in great working condition and we can afford to pay for gas. As much as I don't love my body right now, I haven't really exercised in a long time and I managed to lose 10 pounds. My daughter makes me smile every day. Love can always make me laugh and I am the wife of a hard-working man who is everything to me and I am everything to him. I am surrounded by people who love me and support me no matter what. Zoe doesn't have to attend daycare because I have amazing family who is willing to care for her so I can work. Today the temperature was a perfect 55 degrees, it was sunny outside, I didn't have to wear a coat, it was wonderful. I could go on. My point is, when you examine your life trying to find the blessings instead of the frustrations you will be amazed by what you have. It's true that no matter how dark life seems, there is always a silver lining...though sometimes it's so small that it's hard to see. So take a few moments to smile and be optimistic...see if there is a little sunshine trying to peek through.