Ya know what? Today's column is rather hard to write. When I first started writing this column almost three years ago, it was my intention to write about the simple life - to share inspiration, to encourage and uplift, and maybe cause a giggle or two. Perhaps, some of my simple ideas might bring a little sunshine into your lives.

By Trish Morgan
For the News Tribune
Ya know what? Today's column is rather hard to write. When I first started writing this column almost three years ago, it was my intention to write about the simple life - to share inspiration, to encourage and uplift, and maybe cause a giggle or two. Perhaps, some of my simple ideas might bring a little sunshine into your lives.
But today, and even over the last two months, I am struggling. The pressures I am under are enormous; the pain I am experiencing is excruciating, and it drastically affects my activities of daily living.
I'm not one to complain - well, not much at least - because there are many, many others whose struggles and challenges are much more debilitating and overwhelming. There are those who have lost loved ones, some unexpectedly - like Alex Miller, a young man of 17 who left this world last week - leaving behind a grieving family, hundreds of friends, and even the school population throughout the entire state of West Virginia. His passing has touched thousands, and we quickly realized that his life - our lives - can and do make a difference.
Then, you see babies being born, and you can't help but to marvel at these miracles of life that God has blessed these families with - the sweetest, most innocent of human life. For example, I know of one baby who was born last week to a husband and wife, and the young woman is still grieving the unexpected loss of her mother. I know this woman is strong and just lovely, and she has been through a terrible loss - yet now, she has brought new life into her and her husband's families. It's incredible to see how God sends blessings into our lives - times when we need it most.
In my life right now, I am trying hard to remain positive...trying hard to look around and see good things. But, I'm like most people, I believe. There are days that we would rather not smile or be around people. It's unusual for me, but that's where I am...at least for now.
I am swamped with deadlines and all of the responsibilities with my volunteer work. There is my book I'm writing, and a cookbook to get published before Thanksgiving. There is family to take care of, and a houseful of beautiful cats and a dog. There are daily decisions, daily issues to resolve, and some chaos swirling around my personal life. In other words, a LOT on my plate.
I missed going on my family beach vacation to Ocean City this year, and although not a big deal for some people, I was so looking forward to it - nine days and nights, with a list of five things that have been on my bucket list for years. The circumstances that caused the eventual cancellation of everything were ridiculous at best, but out of my control. Not the end of the world for sure, but there were many tears that fell into naught.
Sometimes it's just hard. Life throws things at us from all directions, and if it were not my faith that carries me through, I don't know how I would handle all of this.
Quiet reflection, prayer and the power of positivity - that is my daily "to-do". None of us can be happy go lucky all of the time, right? All of my life - since I was a little girl - I have believed that God sees and hears all. I still believe that. I know he has listened to my prayers all throughout life, and he knows what I'm going through. It's tough right now...exhausting and stressful.
As I work through these curveballs, I will just focus on one day at a time...one mountain at a time. It's simple, right? I'll let you next week.