365 Reasons to Smile – Day 19

photoDuring a camping trip last summer, my daughter and her friends were getting short-tempered and irritated with each other.

Instead of telling them to get along, I told them to lie down on the grass and look up at the sky.

The other girls looked at me like I was crazy, but my daughter knew what to do.

She started describing what shapes she saw in the clouds. The other girls soon caught on, and their clouds2irritation was replaced with excitement and giggles.

You simply can’t be angry or stressed when you are using your imagination.

And knowing that stress relief trick always makes me smile.

Day 19:  Summer Clouds

Day 18: Bartholomew Cubbin’s Victory

Day 17:  A Royal Birth        Day 16:  Creative Kids

Day 15: The Scent of Honeysuckle   Day 14: Clip of Kevin Kline Exploring His Masculinity

Day 13: Random Text Messages from My Daughter     Day 12:  Round Bales of Hay

Day 11:  Water Fountains for Dogs    Day 10: The Rainier Beer Motorcycle Commercial

Day 9: Four-Leaf Clovers  Day 8: Great Teachers We Still Remember

Day  7:  Finding the missing sock   Day 6:  Children’s books that teach life-long lessons

Day 5: The Perfect Photo at the Perfect Moment     Day 4:  Jumping in Puddles  

Day 3: The Ride Downhill after the Struggle Uphill    Day 2: Old Photographs

Day 1: The Martians on Sesame Street

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About Trina Bartlett

I live in the Eastern Panhandle of WV, with one dog, two cats, a daughter in high school, a son starting his latest adventures at West Virginia University and a husband who works strange hours. When I'm not working as a director at a nonprofit social service organization or being a mom, I can generally be found riding my bike, walking my dog and stirring things up.

Posted on July 25, 2013, in Family, My life, perspective and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 172 Comments.

  1. Evadna Bartlett

    Wish I had known that trick.

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