This blog starts out like any other blog telling my experiences, but for some reason I just had trouble getting that on paper (or the screen). Bare with me to the bottom, I have to say that's the best part. This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to the community cupboard in town with a club at my school called Circle K. Circle K is a service club where there are lots of opportunities and events to do. At the community cupboard we didn't do the "normal" jobs, but I found that exciting! The first thing we did was fill emergency boxes for families that came in and don’t have anything to eat. This was a really unique opportunity because we went into the "store" to get the things. The store is where people who need food come and "shop." This cupboard was very fortunate and had lots of different foods to choose from, but sometimes that isn't always the case. People get to choose one item in each section. It was weird to see a shelf like a grocery store that didn't have the same brands all in one place. It was all mixed together with big numbers on them for the year they expire. It was an experience I will never forget. We also sorted books and that was fun because we got to organize them and there were so many! They had a book drive during the holidays and had books for the people that came in and shopped. We organized all the books that were left over so they'll have an option to get more when they come back next time. The final thing we did was write thank you cards for all the donations on a little post card that they'll mail out.
For some reason this blog is very hard to write. I feel like you (the reader) might not be as interested in a service activity as you would be in something else. So I'm going to tell you something else. Something that made me happy. (This is the pieces of happiness blog so this a piece of mine that I would like to share with you) I finally got to read a book! Not a college text book or something for a literature class, but something that I voluntarily wanted to read. Normally my mind is so full that I never have time to want to read, but I did!
Right after I wrote that paragraph two days ago I went to take a test... now I am just coming back to the blog after having to take the test again and not being able to read my book. This is a very small scale on what could be yours or someone you know, but it isn't always easy to be happy. Even the happiest people can't always be happy (even if you have never seen them unhappy). There is ALWAYS something good in every day though. There is ALWAYS something there that can make you happy.. you just have to look! My book was something so small, but it made me so happy. On the days I couldn't read my book, I was disappointed, I was devastated that I couldn't pass the test, but there were things that made me happy. One day it was my friend stopping by my room and making me smile when I didn't think I had any left in me. Another day it was a big Domino's Pizza that I may have eaten all by myself! There are so many things that can make you happy and you can't let just one thing ruin your entire day. It's just a little bump in the road. If you think about it if one thing ruins your day for an hour, there is still 23 hours left in that day, which is over 23 things that can make you happy. Being happy doesn't always mean you have the happiest things and the happiest friends, it means you FOCUS on what makes you happy not sad. Don't think about how that girl (who can't do anything to you) said your hair looked bad. Who cares! Maybe it does, but maybe it doesn't, what does she know? Don't be upset when you fail one test in college... at the time it will feel like it's the end of the world, but it is no where near that. In reality it's actually the beginning... you're in college and it's one test. There will be more and there will be a way to get through it. As my mom says it happens to everyone. Having an attitude that focuses on the positive will make things like this seem much less terrible, even though its so hard. You have to practice with little things, like not being upset when you spill your milk, and work your way up to the big things. Happiness comes from looking at the positive things that are happening in your life. You just have to look for them and then you'll be surprised how happy you'll be!
Stay warm and think positively, now when it's 30 degrees you can appreciate the "warmth" :)