Stop That Thought…

It started out to be one of those days…well…it started last night…you know…the night that the lights went out in New Orleans…which kept me up later than I had intended…which shifted my gym plans for the week…which shifted my wake-up time…which threw my precarious schedule all of track…then…there was the run in my tights…and…several of other little snigglet things…

Anyway…from my experiences so far this morning…today has the potential to be one of those…the worse it gets…the worse it gets…kind of days…

Enter…Bertha…wearing a reflective vest and yielding a stop sign…and…no…she wasn’t on her way to the school crossing…she was headed straight to me…reminding me that every day…every moment…has the potential to be a…worse…moment…or a…better…moment…the choice is always mine…it’s really all about where I put my focus…

So…I sit here…redirecting my focus…appreciating the fact that I have the flexibility to shift my workout days to alternate days…that I build enough time into my morning schedule that I can sleep later and really still be okay…that I was able to stop the run in my tights with nail polish…that I have a new pair in the drawer to wear next time…and…it’s then I realize…nothing has really…gone so terribly wrong…in fact…everything may be just right…and…in that moment…the light shines brightly…in my little corner of the world…

Jane

Bertha’s Song…

Some of my writing friends are participating in a blog tour…the subject of the tour this week…sparked my interest…is there a song that describes your book…so…even though I didn’t participate in the tour…I knew the answer…and…I wanted to share…

The song that best describes…Bertha…to me…is…drumroll please…Change Your Mind…by Sister Hazel…

If you’ve read…Bertha…you know…the chorus…is the message that she is continually giving me…

If you want to be somebody else,
If you’re tired of fighting battles with yourself
If you want to be somebody else
Change your mind

And…to me…the following verse…describes…Bertha…to a tee…she truly finds something to be joyful about…every day…

Have you ever danced in the rain
Or thanked the sun
Just for shining, just for shining
Or the sea?
Oh no, take it all in
The world’s a show
And yeah, you look much better,
Look much better when you glow

Today…at my house…she’s dancing in the rain…I’d join her…but…I really don’t want to get wet…although…I may sit on the porch and watch…she’s still working on me…and…yeah…I know…I’ll look much better…when I glow…

Jane

Oh…and…if you haven’t read…Bertha…well…today would be a good day to do that…and…maybe…listen to a little…Sister Hazel…while you’re at it…