So, thank god for old friends and new babies.
Last night close friends stopped by unexpectedly with their brand new baby. She's just two weeks old and utterly precious. And as I held this tiny little thing in my arms, her body crumpled in a near heap on my chest as she fell asleep, for a fleeting second I thought, "Everything is going to be okay. If the universe can create this tiny, precious, innocent being, the universe can take care of me."
And an old friend will distract me with fun, food and laughter all weekend.
What more can I ask for when it comes to creating my own happiness?
And so I take stock and give thanks for simple beauty -- for the blooming flower in the midst of a junkyard, for the moment of peace in an otherwise crazy day, for an innocent child in the midst of an almost evil situation, for the company of an old friend in the midst of loneliness...
Please feel free to leave your own reminders to be humble and grateful in the comments.