In Dedication to A Ray of Sunshine

Yesterday’s WordPress blog prompt was to talk about one of your best friends and what they’ve taught you. I knew I had to write about this when I immediately knew who I’d write about and what I’d write.

In junior high, I met B through a mutual friend, and we’ve been friends ever since. My last couple of years in high school, we became really close. Being friends with her has been an absolute blessing, and as she is currently far, far away, serving a mission for her church, I’ve started really thinking about how her friendship has affected me.

She is a walking example of something I think we all believe is impossible: B is always happy, always grateful, always glad.

It’s so easy to get caught in the minutia of life and become frustrated, bogged down, and unhappy. It’s easy to make mountains out of molehills. It’s easy to make the excuse of “I’m just having a bad day.” But B has taught me that those things don’t have to – and shouldn’t – stop you for being a light to those around you.

Every time I see B, she is in a cheerful mood. Even if she’s had the worst day ever, she can vent for five minutes about it and then put a smile on her face and put the whole thing in perspective. She is the kind of person who can laugh through tears, and who can find reasons to be happy where none seem obvious. She is able to see sunshine in the places that others cannot. She puts excitement into everything that she does, and her enthusiasm is contagious.

B has always been an amazing friend to me, even when she’s had her own tough times. She is never too short on time for an encouraging word or a funny story. Never artificially happy, she is always finding something to be grateful for.

Being friends with her has taught me that the impact of perpetually looking on the bright side is immeasurable. Happiness is always found somewhere, and the difference between those that are always happy and those are not is in how hard you look for it. There are times where it will seem nearly impossible to be happy. And sometimes, that’s true. But where happiness does not wish to grow, the seeds of optimism and gratitude lie.

I’m certainly far from following her example, but I’d like to try. Because one thing the world needs is not more things to be happy about, but for more people to make an active effort to be happy.

 

 

 

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