“A Reason to Get Out of Bed” at Yahoo! Voices for Mother’s Day

I recently signed up to be a contributor over at Yahoo! and they post some very interesting assignments. These articles don’t pay (they’re performance-based, meaning I only get paid for how many times people click to read them) but that’s not the point. Rather, the prompts get my brain pumping. Recently, I claimed an assignment just in time for Mother’s Day: What does being a mom mean to me?

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This article, A Reason to Get Out of Bed, is what resulted. Go take a look and leave a comment there or here. I’d appreciate it. I know you’re probably all sick and tired of hearing how grateful I am for my little girl. But she’s changed me for the better in more ways than I can name. Truly, I am a better person right now than I was the day she was born and it’s only been 7 1/2 months. I already owe her a million things.

Besides. Look at her. She’s perfect.

Even at the Depths…

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2008

Even though I tend to drift into my thoughts more and more these days, I’m always reminded to see the positive in things. Even when I don’t have the answers to the questions that nag at the back of my mind, I persevere. I guess I’m just naturally hopeful in spite of myself.

It boils down to the whole “not knowing” aspect of life. It’s hard to make decisions about the direction you wish to take your life when you’re not sure why you make decisions in the first place. Even so, it’s comforting to know the questions that plague my thoughts are nothing new. They’ve been asked by people great and small for all of human history. I guess certain things just cannot be contained by the human mind. No matter how hard I try, I can’t wrap my brain around the concepts that define us. It’s almost ridiculous to say, but coming to terms with existence is something we all face on an individual level. Sure, you hear about the plight for understanding existence, but how often have you actually sat down and thought about it?

But I am rambling and that is never productive. The positive here is regardless of how hopeless it all seems, hope is all I can do. After all, we live our lives with determination and the ever forward-looking glance of optimism. It’s always about plans and goals. That’s inherently hopeful. There’s always tomorrow, after all.