Looking for moments of celebration help me to focus on the sweetness of my life and all that surrounds me. Sometimes it is easy to get bogged down and mired in what’s not right, but when you search for that moment of sparkle, there is some light even if you are in a deep dark tunnel.

One: Meeting up with a friend made at the All-Write conference. Jen came to the conference not knowing anyone, but she left with a pocket of new friends. All of her new friends waited anxiously for her to begin blogging and she did. That allowed me to get in touch with her. The first time we tried to plan a get-together Mother Nature swooped in with the polar vortex and we were not able to meet. However, Mother Nature’s cold wave this week did not interfere with our meeting. We met and talked and talked and talked. It was good to visit with Jen and learn more about her life. We will meet again. My husband cannot quite figure out how I can find so much to talk about when I meet fellow bloggers. I just can’t explain it.

Two: During my early morning drive into the city, I spotted a mini-rainbow high in the clouds. It was faint but incredible to see this dash of color against the blue sky and clouds. I wish I could have taken a picture.

Three: I had a tough day one day. It made me want to walk out of the school and not return. I didn’t think I was making a difference. I felt like I was just spinning my wheels. I talked to friends, they were encouraging, but they followed up the next day to check on how it went. I celebrate those friends who can pick you up and help you through the tough times.

Four: My purse was locked in a closet. I could not leave the school at the end of the day. I waited and waited for the person to return to her room. Finally I went searching for someone to open this closet door. Thirty-five minutes after school was out, I was on my way. Now I know that does not sound like anything to celebrate. It is not. However, because I was later, I was able to view a spectacular sunset during my drive . The colors calmed me and mesmerized me during the drive. I was no longer aggravated, but I was in a restful place by the time I reached my destination.

Sometimes you have to look a little harder to find the moment to celebrate. Thanks Ruth for making me look deeper for those moments to celebrate.