I had a good, long look at my life today. I think it’s important to do this once in a while to put things in perspective. Here’s what I see:

I have a beautiful home that I’m moving into next month. It’s more than I had ever hoped for, and perfect for me in every way. Surprisingly, it even makes financial sense.

I have a wonderful and loving family with whom I feel very close. They enthusiastically support and never question my choices in life, because they trust my judgement and respect me.

I have a successful business with loyal customers who give me more work than I can handle. Being busy at work when you’re self-employed means you’re doing something right. I’ve proven you can run a business ethically in a competitive industry and still survive. I’ve got great plans for the evolution and future success of my company.

I’m proud of my artistic accomplishments in photography and on stage. I feel confident enough to tackle any artistic challenge thrown at me. With a little bit of effort, I can make photography pay my bills. I’m so close to doing what I love for a living.

I’m surrounded by friends who are so close they may as well be family. Because my schedule is so crazy, I don’t get to spend as much time with them as I’d like, but when we’re together it’s like no time has passed at all. My friends are always willing to drop what they’re doing to comfort me when I’m down, or to celebrate with me when I’m up.

I’m healthy and fit. I have no debilitating diseases or addictions. All parts of my body that I know about are doing roughly what they’re supposed to be doing.

So, just because one thing doesn’t work out the way I had hoped it would, I have no excuse to be unhappy. I’m done with it. 🙂