On January 21st, 2017, my dear friend passed away. Over the last few weeks, I have thought about the good times that we shared. As well as her overall character and one of the things that always stood out to me about my friend was her positive mental attitude. I had a flash- back of all of the unfortunate things that happened to her over the years and let me tell you she never once complained or asked why me? Even when she was diagnosed with her first brain tumor and had to have surgery... she never complained, several more surgeries after that? Still smiling, still saying "it's a good day". Over the years she had to sell her home, her car, and was told she would never be able to drive again on her own, was told her permanent living corridors would be a nursing home, and lost her business that she built from the ground up, etc. But you know what? Each time life threw her a curve ball and she had these terrible things happening to her simultaneously, she never once had a negative comment or let her current health issues steal her joy. With each situation that I just listed if we asked her how she was doing she would say "it's a good day." I used to always break down and cry when I would visit her and she would look at me and smile and ask "why are you crying, dear?" "cheer up, Miss Unique" and just smile at me and would carry on with a casual conversation like she was at home in her living room. She eventually lost her eye-sight, multiple seizures, etc. She still offered a word of encouragement to all of her friends and family and still told us "it's a good day" can you believe it? Someone that was in so much pain, blind, and confined to a bed...still being positive? I couldn't belive it! She lost EVERYTHING but her faith in the Lord never swayed nor was she ever discouraged. Kim was truly one of a kind. Even at her funeral, it was amazing to see how many people's heart she touched while here on earth and how she impacted their lives. I am honored to have known such a beautiful spirit and to have a true friend like her.
I shared this story with you all even though it's rather personal because all too often in life we find ourselves complaining. Kim had it right, "it's a good day" no matter what our current circumstances are at the moment; bills, we hate our jobs, not being promoted, unexpected car repairs, waking up too early, being too busy, Monday's, grocery shopping, minor health issues, etc.
The next time you feel like complaining to your co-worker, friends, and to your spouse when they ask you "how is your day going?" block out any negative thoughts and reply back to them "it's a good day". Let's all strive to be like Kim and have a wonderful day regardless of our current circumstances.