Did you find something good?

Find light and beauty in the most ordinary moments. Enchanted painting by Sally Evans
Find light and beauty in the most ordinary moments. Enchanted painting by Sally Evans

When my son was a teenager, every day when he came home from school, I would ask him, “What’s the best thing that happened at school today?”

He knew it was coming.  Almost without fail, I would ask that question.

He dreaded it.

It was like torture.

He was quiet and contemplative.  Not a big sharer.

Despite the fact he would roll his eyes and groan, I would ask it anyway.

It became our ritual.

Sometimes, since he knew I was going to ask, he thought of an answer ahead of time.

One time, after waiting for what seemed like forever, his response to me was,  “Well, I had to go over all the mediocre things that happened today, and then choose something.”

I burst out laughing.  It was such an unexpected answer,  it cracked me up.

He probably thought that answer would prevent me from torturing him this way and to stop asking questions, but it convinced me more than ever to continue.

He obviously needed it!

Some days, he would tell me about his chemistry lab and what sounded like fascinating results.  I didn’t understand it all, but it was interesting.

My point was I was making him look for the good.  

Sometimes things feel like a lot of work, or you don’t feel like you have many choices, and it’s not always fun.

Sometimes you have to choose to find the good.

Usually there isn’t anyone annoying asking you, so you have to ask yourself.

Ok, just this time.  What was the best thing that happened for you today?

Did you find something good?

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