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Every once in a while I have the inclination to write a blog that has nothing whatsoever to do with wine. This is one of those times. This past week I have been attending a convention in Anaheim, California for my ‘day job’. It’s been a fun but very busy week with lots of meetings, receptions, networking, walking, and all with barely any sleep. I’ve been going from one thing to another with little time to relax or even reflect on the days.

But last night, something happened to make me pause. It was a fun-filled evening at Disneyland for all of the convention attendees. The host company rented out the park for a private event that included music, dancing, food, drinks, and rides. As I sat in Adventureland with my appetizers and wine, about to watch the Fantasmic performance, my coworker turned to me and said: “Think back to six months ago. Would you have ever thought that today, six months later, you would be sitting in Disneyland on an all expense paid trip to California enjoying free food, drinks, and entertainment?”

I was suddenly taken aback. He of course doesn’t know this, but six months ago I had just experienced the most horrific thing in my life – the unexpected death of my mother. As I sat there and digested what he had just asked me, I realized that I had a choice. I could become noticeably upset and saddened by the memories of those horrible days, weeks, and months since my mom’s death. Or, I could smile and thank God for helping me make it this far. So, I decided to thank Him and my mom’s spirit for giving me the strength to just be happy in the moment, because, after all, I was in the happiest place on earth.

Sometimes even in the midst of sadness and grief, we have to find the strength and motivation to just smile and be happy. We have to thank God for the wonderful people in our lives, both living and departed. We have to enjoy the special moments in life, like a private bash in Disneyland, because as my mom would often say – life is short so enjoy every minute of it!

There are always sad days of course, but now when those little happy moments come my way I will choose to smile and rejoice. My mom wouldn’t want it any other way.

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