A few weeks ago, I got my new bedroom furniture and bedding and I’ve been looking on Pinterest for just the right DIY project. I had a huge empty space on the wall that desperately needed some artwork.
I found a lot of quotes that I could really relate to on Pinterest and I also had a journal-full of quotes from books I’ve read in the past year. I just couldn’t settle on one.
And then one night this week at dinner, Ian gave me my inspiration.
I don’t remember exactly how this came up, but he was trying to cheer up MJ, who was mad about something, and it made me smile. In fact, I still smile every time I think about it. Now I can look at it every night before bed and every morning when I wake.
I love this for the obvious reasons. It will always be a special piece of artwork, one I won’t ever discard. I also love it because of a conversation Ian and I had earlier in the week.
He was doing homework and glanced out in to the foyer when he read the line on a Christmas decoration I have had for years: “Home is Where the Heart Is.”
“Geez…that’s creative. Home is where the heart is. Everyone says that,” he muttered as he rolled his eyes.
It led to a conversations about clichés and made me think about the other cliché artwork hanging in my house. Overused lines about family and love and working hard. Concepts that I love and philosophies I believe in. But not very original.
This time of year is so full of clichés and so full of sentiment. This is also a season when so many people struggle to get in the holiday spirit. There are so many reasons people can’t find joy due to illness, debt, loneliness, stress, loss, or grief.
I feel for those people. I really do. I have my moments during the holidays when I feel sad and lonely.
My family lives all over the east coast and people are missing from my life who I always thought would be here.
After a full day of shopping yesterday, I felt a temporary moment of panic as I added up the receipts.
And it goes without saying that I know what it’s like to deal with an illness.
I’ve been wondering how I might get through the next two weeks. And now I know.
When I’m feeling sad or stressed, I’m going to tell myself to JOY UP. That should make me smile.