I have been accused of being an optimist.  OK, I can live with that.  I have bad days and times when things frustrate me to a boiling point. (Example political rants on Facebook)  Life is just too short to dwell the negative.

One of the things I do is look for the small victories of life

I had one just this morning.

Over the past year I have struggled with getting enough sleep.  For various reasons which I won’t bore you with I have at times come to work with little or no sleep overnight.   Some mornings I have struggled to do what I love to do.   One morning it was so bad that my body and mind crashed.

It was about 5:30 am and I had been at the station preparing to go on the air at 6am.  I fell asleep in my chair and try as much as I did I could not stay awake.  I decided that I needed to go home before something bad happened.  I also knew it was not safe to drive so I called my wife to pick me up.  Safely home, I slept for about 21 of the next 24 hours.   I was fine after that mainly.

The sleep struggles continue and the frustration level has risen.  Dr’s appointments led to sleep aids (didn’t work).  Sometimes it is simple things that help.  That help came in one of those sound machines that plays relaxing sounds that calm your nerves.

My wife purchased one over the weekend, I was a skeptic but dang the ocean sounds relaxed me and last night we tried the sounds of rain.

VICTORY!!!!!!!!   BRING ME SOME BACON

For the 1st time in a long time I slept soundly for over 5 hours!    STRAIGHT!

That might not sound like a lot to you but over the summer and fall I would average about  4 hours or less in a pattern of  go to bed wake up 45 minutes later stay up for an hour.  Sleep about another hour wake up for 20 minutes to an hour.  This would go on until about 1 am when I would finally get a few hours of deep? Sleep.   I was exhausted and found myself struggling to not nod off at important times.  Like driving!  I will tell you that if I didn’t feel safe behind the wheel I wouldn’t drive.

So today I celebrate a small victory in life.  Better Sleep which I hope will lead to better health.

One of the things I love about Facebook is when my friends share the little victories in life.    I love seeing the pictures of a project completed, a meal prepared by them or at a restaurant.  And yes I love Vacation Pictures.

So please take the time today and celebrate a small victory in your life.  It could be as simple as saying.  HEY I WOKE UP!

I went to a website called the Thought Catalogue. They had a list of small victories we can celebrate

A sunny day… when someone does something nice to you” just because)… Watching children play…. An itch that you can actually reach…. When you learn something new….. A cozy bed on a cold night… A good hair day… When a traffic light turns green just as you arrive…… Scratching something off you’re to do list…. Finally, reaching into your pocket and finding money that you didn’t know you had!

Did I mention that if that happens I should get a finder’s fee!!!!!

Today on the morning show.  A salute to the Houston Rockets James Hardin

Stupid news.  A deer poacher, fish on a plane, and you will not believe what a man in Illinois did when a drug deal went wrong

Laff lines : Having the flu