Why did I start this? To join the community of fascinating people that blog, who support and encourage each other. After you read for a while, you start to want to be a part of that world.
Why the name "Every Day is a Gift"? Because I saw a kitschy little sign in Bed Bath and Beyond with that motto on it, and it struck a chord in me. There have been too many days when I have forgotten that recently. I have spent too many days in depression, wishing to be somewhere else, to be someone else, and that little sign made me realize what a waste that was. So, now it's where I can see it every morning, to remind me.
My husband and I uprooted ourselves almost three years ago, to move to a new state. We left a place where we had many friends, many interests, and a house we loved. We wanted to be closer to our families and we are, and that is good. But I still felt the loss of what we left behind. I made a collage, covered with pictures of flowers, superimposed with the words "bloom where you are planted". I hoped that would motivate me. I kept it in the forefront of my mind for a while but life interfered. (You probably know how that happens.) It disappeared into the back of my closet. So, now I have another one... the one that says "Every Day is a Gift". That one motivates me now. It seems a bit stronger, to remind me that there is a limit to the number of days we each have, and that it's a shame to waste even one of them on regrets or sadness.