– HAPPY –
Caregiver Word of the Day

There is only room in my heart for one emotion today – happiness! Yesterday I got to witness the wedding rehearsal for my son Robert and his fiancé Erica. As they stood under the gazebo and practiced saying their wedding vows, Robert’s cheeks flushed bright red. Erica’s eyes filled with tears, and their love for each other filled my heart with joy.

I thought of my mom this morning as I started ticking off the items on my to-do list and how she always used to say, “As long as I have the ability to think and to reason, I have the power to choose my attitude toward any person, thing, or event.”

I guess I could choose to feel pressured to get everything done perfectly and on time. I could choose to feel uncomfortable around my ex-husband today. I could choose to feel nervous about the weather or the reception or the flowers or any other number of things, but I’m choosing to just revel in the happiness of this very special occasion.

My dad always used to say, “God didn’t intend for us to go through this life alone.” I think he was right. Life isn’t easy. There are so many challenges, disappointments, heartbreaks and losses. But today I’m not thinking about any of those things. I’m only thinking about how grateful I am that my son has found a woman that is worthy of his love, and that he is committed to making sure he will always be worthy of hers. Today I’m thinking about all of the fun they will have on their honeymoon and the joy they will have in creating their home and their new life together.

There will be plenty of days ahead to focus on more complicated issues, but there is only one word of the day today, and that word is HAPPY!