Tuesday, March 6, 2012

"Smile" - Avril Lavigne

So like most other days . . . . . .

Today I did this:
Which was supposed to be a recovery run [9 miles] but . . . . it was feeling great again today so I rolled with it.  15 miles at 7:29.  Ummmm, that .77 was all cool-down walkin'.
Then I did some laundry and some actual money making work.  My bank account looks a little happier.

Then I went to Costco.  I know, zero shock-factor there. 

It's always one of three people working the all important "show me your money card" door, every time I go.  So, as the routine goes, I reached in my bag-o-tricks to get my cult pass card out . . . . and look up to see my favorite one of the three working the door.

Him:  why hello again.
Me: hey! How are you? [reaching in bag, still]
Him:  ya, you're good.  We see you often.  C'mon in!
Me:  wooooo hoooo!
Him: you always have the biggest smile on your face.  Why are you so happy?
Me:  Well. it. IS. Costco.
Him: ya, ya but thanks for being so happy

I loved the timing of this interaction.
My sister had to give a talk on "happiness" this past Saturday in front of a large group.  I couldn't make it due to Peanut's volleyball tournament but after visiting with my Mom yesterday, I asked her for an emailed copy.

A quote I loved:

"Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured."

She used an analogy that was awesome.  She had given each person a small bag of cotton candy.  Cotton candy makes her happy. 

To some cotton candy = weight gain, rotten teeth & sugar high
To her cotton candy = happy [family] times
like at Suns games, the ball park, Disneyland, the State Fair, Chuck E Cheese [ya, she's awesome, I pay Peanut off so I don't have to go there.]

It's all a matter of perspective.

My perspective is not always rosy and shiny.  Ask the Pita.  Ask Peanut.  Ask the girl who never blogs Dawn.  But I am learning [and very quickly] that the trials I have been given in the last 6 weeks or so have all been much easier due to a better, happier, perspective.

. . . . Why not smile?  

What made you smile today?


adena said...

you just did!

Caroline said...

well reading this made me smile.... [and very quickly]
this is good...happy makes things..life easier...it is not always easy to pick happy though..

and also another thing but I cannot tell you until Friday! HA!

Mandi Runs said...

Things that made me smile today:
-My short solo run with BEAUTIFUL weather
-Work friends emails
-Old pictures of my bff's in HS
-You, the one & only EMZ

bobbi said...

seeing you blogging so much more lately makes me HAPPY :)

Jason said...

This. This made me smile.

Seeing other people smile always makes me smile. I love to smile and laugh.....it is our nectar to keep our blood flowing.

pensive pumpkin said...

This is weird, but consider the source: the thing that makes me smile the most is when people geek out on something that makes them happy. I can listen to an hour of details about Star Wars or wombats or weaving or canning fruit- whatever, as long as the person is geeky and smiling and genuinely loving it.

Like running on a treadmill, or you know, whatever. ; )

ShutUpandRun said...

Great post my friend. Perspective is everything. I am learning that the hard way this week.

Ironman By Thirty said...

What made me smile? How about 60* weather, an outdoor bike ride, and grilling outside!

jymmebe said...

This made me smile . . . :)

I needed this, as I was very much not smiling at 1:15 A.M. this morning while hosing off Ethan's bedspread in the backyard that he just puked all over.

I am happy however that he is feeling a bit better . . . :)

Michael said...

This was great. My dog makes me smile every day! All I have to do is look into those warm brown eyes, no matter what and I smile and he makes me so happy!

Jill said...

Ya know, I've been tested for freaking eternity and there are definitely days where it is much tougher, but I always tried to end my day with a smile (for my kiddos :)) because you always have to have hope, and hope makes me smile!


My Own Calcutta said...

- Getting through the CrossFit workout today.. so worth the pain.
- The Big Mac i ate after.. so worth the calories.
- Skipping Endurance training and going shopping with my daughters.. so worth missing 400 meters of lunges.
- Your blog.. so worth my time.

Michelle said...


XLMIC said...

Best Costco door person exchange ever! I love that they KNOW you :)

My smiling today had to do with birthdays and cake and cupcakes and rock climbing :) And your Costco exchange!

Cotton candy, however, just makes me think of getting it stuck in hair at the amusement park or the zoo...fun times but also not so fun :P

Unknown said...

Your Cotton Candy reference - I don't like it but it does bring back memories of the kids wanting it at the Fair before they were all grown up teen agers. Great post as usual!

Anonymous said...


This post made me happy. Why not be happy?! Life's too short. Every moment needs to count. So count it!

fancy nancy said...

As always another great post!!! Life is all about perspective!! This morning my 3 year-old daughter with her crazy bed head made me laugh out loud when she said, "My hair is a hot mess!" I have no idea where she got it from!!! :-)

Pining for Pinterest said...

I love Costco too!!! We like to make it a family event day on Saturday :)

CautiouslyAudacious said...

Love this post!! I vow to smile more often no matter how tired or grumpy I am, I'm smiling right now! I had a professor once do a similar thing started class handing out crayons and before we new it we were all talking about happy memories!!!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

What made me smile today?

Finding out that I am not the only person that is made happy by cotton candy.

Laurie said...

Oh, this post made me smile. :) And the fact that you referred to Dawn as the girl that never blogs... and of course my kiddos... they can usually make me smile.

Aimee said...

I LOVED this post!

Angie said...

This blog entry made me smile. You are exactly right thuogh, moping and complaining never solve the problem and they don't make it better and there is so much to be joyful about.

Madison M. said...

Your blog posts always make me smile!! :-) Thanks for the post!