Towards the end of my English class on Monday, my teacher was telling us about how her car broke down and she wouldn’t have access to it for a week because something was wrong with her engine…and how she’s going to have to buy a new one. While I was packing my things getting ready to head on out, I was telling her how it’ll be fine once everything’s fixed because she’ll have a brand new engine. She replied saying “Well, aren’t you the optimistic one!”

In my mind I thought, “Me? Since when am I the optimistic one?” I’m optimistic every once in awhile but most times, I have people constantly reminding me to be that way. Granted, I still become very pessimistic when it comes to certain stuff, but come on, who doesn’t? But one goal I tried keeping this week was optimism and trying my best to have more of that, rather than all the negativity.

Later that day, I had drawing class in the afternoon. My teacher decided to have class outside because it was perfect out…and because we had to draw trees that symbolically represented ourselves. I sat on the field and drew. I took pictures too (thank God I had my camera with me) because everything just looked so…perfect. God is perfect. I was able to really see and feel God through His creation. I wanted to savor the moment as much as I could.

So about my week, it has been really good. I got to spend time with different people all thoughout the past few days. I got to hang around D.C., I went to visit Our Lady of Fatima in the Chapel today (she’s on a pilgrimage and came to MU for a day!), did my drawing homework outside of my house and watched the sunset, got a 75th anniversary Moss jersey from my brother, I’m doing well in all of my classes, and so much more. The majority of the things I did were unexpected and I liked how it ended up that way. God has many surprises for me and I can’t wait to see what else He has planned.

Today I noticed people smiling more than usual. Either two people smiling at each other, smiling at me, or smiling at anything they see. It made me smile once I saw them smile.

Smiles are contagious.
I love how these things are only a few of my simple joys =)

By Fatima

wife + mom. sustainability strategist, interior designer, writer. sharing faith and our growing domestic church. creating a slow, sustainable, low waste home.


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