I don't know if you've seen the movie Pollyanna. It's a movie from 1960 about a little girl who is orphaned and sent to live with her cold aunt in an unfriendly town. She is optimistic and bright, and is always talking about playing the 'glad game' How every situation in life has something you can find to feel glad about. When her parents were alive they were missionaries and the family was very poor. For Christmas, Pollyanna was wishing for a doll for Christmas. Instead, a set of crutches were received in the missionary barrel. And they played the glad game- she was glad she didn't have to use them.
I'm NOT going to tell you to play the glad game about the loss of our children. I'm not going to say everything happens for a reason. If someone said that to me I'd smack them in the head. Although, now, nearly 7 years later, I have been able to discover some gifts I've received in my life due to Gabriel's loss. You can read that post here
I AM going to say that in my everyday life, though, I try to play the glad game when I can. I was thinking about it this week when my entire house was struck with the stomach flu. A nasty bug that cycled through the house and I watched my family succumb one by one and all I could do was keep the washing machine running and stay out of the way on their mad dashes to the bathroom.
So I started to play the glad game in the event that I were to get this bug- would there be anything to be glad about? What I came up with was this- it surely would kick start my new year's diet- a quick way to lose a few pounds.
Pretty thin, I know.
Nobody was sick yesterday. I'm starting to think maybe I dodged this bullet. Fingers crossed. And that is what I'm glad about today. It takes so little to make me happy these days.
I hope today is gentle (and illness free) for you