One of the purposes of this blog is to accentuate the positive in day-to-day life--
thus the name, Plain and Simple Joy.
Focusing on the positive helps me maintain a good attitude,
and it helps me recognize the good when things are difficult.
But I fear sometimes, that in doing so, this blog fails to portray reality.
I desire to be a voice of truth and goodness in the world--not to contribute to feelings of discontentment because the life portrayed here seems perfect.
Take, for example, our 4th of July celebration.
Scanning through the pictures fills me with gratitude and appreciation.
BUT, I could have written about how Sam went to his lab after dropping us off at the parade.
His work took longer than anticipated so my exhausted boys, who had been up late the night before watching fireworks, got almost no sleep all day in preparation for another late night.
I could have written about the sub-par parade with all of about 2 floats and most of the rest advertisements on cars driving by.
I had been sick all week and was still pretty miserable.
I could tell you how my dad and my brother spent most of the day re-building a section of my parents' roof. It was so hot up there they both ended up with heat stroke and they missed most of our festivities.
Should I write about the side I made that sounded so delicious but really didn't taste very good?
Maybe I should have written about how, just before fireworks started the evening of the 4th, all of the day's treats and festivities got to Lincoln and he threw up all over himself and me.
Or I could have documented the terrifying moments when, twice during the day's commotion, Lincoln wandered into the middle of the road when our attention was directed elsewhere.
Sure, we had fun with chalk and sack races--but I could tell you of about 5 games we had planned that fell through for various reasons.
But dwelling on the negative drags me down and exhausts me.
I feel strongly that happiness is a choice that greatly depends on the perspective we have.
So please, do not assume that this blog depicts reality in its entirety,
and please don't give in to the monster of discontentment--
as a result of this blog or any other depiction of life.
In the words of President Gordon B. Hinckley, a man much wiser than I,
"Don't be gloomy. Do not dwell on unkind things. Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. Even if you are not happy, put a smile on your face. Accentuate the positive. Look a little deeper for the good. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, with great and strong purpose in your heart. Love life."