Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday Motivation — Keeping a Happy Heart

This past weekend has been filled with such great sadness and yet so much incredible joy. The sadness has obviously been from the senseless and incomprehensible tragedy that struck Connecticut. Much like the rest of the nation, my heart has been heavy and my head confused. I can't stop crying and thinking about the innocence that was lost and the courageous educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School. While the cloud of darkness has yet to fade away, I've realized that I have so many reasons to have great happiness in my heart. The recent announcement of a friend's pregnancy, an engagement, and attending a beautiful baby shower this past weekend, along with Christmastime, has all helped keep my sad heart balanced with love and life.

In our tiny space at home, we light up our white tinsel tree each night. This year, our new ornament is the big pink heart you see above. I bought it at a little garden store in Amsterdam, and compared to our four foot tree, it looks quite large. It's a sweet reminder to keep my heart big during the holiday season. I hope you have a reason to keep a happy heart despite any sadness that you may be facing. May your days be merry and bright.


Ali @ahatfiel08 said...

Such sweet words, Allison. I have been struggling with this awful event as well. As sad as it makes me to hear about these sweet children, I can't pull myself away from listening to their stories. The situation is so awful, that I still cannot believe it is real.

I know as an educator you feel this in a totally different way than I do. I have so much respect for the work you and all the other educators do every day.

I hope that your week goes by without any bumps, and you (as well as your students) have an amazing holiday season.


Brooke Reagan said...

What a beautiful idea, Allison : )

Brooke du jour

Kelli Long said...

What a sweet post. Thank you for sharing, Al. Love you sweet friend!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Allison for your very thoughtful post. I have been struggling with how seep sadness and joy can coexist . Now I see that we can honor these adorable angels we have lost to soon, by being even kinder to those we love and cherish in their memory. Perhaps that love in our hearts can be shown to people that we don't even know just to keep their candles burning.