While it’s true that we don’t always get what we want, I do believe that we almost always find what we’re looking for.

When I first started writing this blog, I made a list of a couple dozen words that I thought would be appropriate. When I got close to the end of the list, I started to worry about whether I’d be able to continue to find a new word every day. I started Caregiver Help Word of the Day on Thanksgiving Day, 2013, and so far I haven’t been stumped. I think it may be because every morning when I wake up I start looking for something to share with you in everything I read, and in every experience and interaction I have with other people.

This morning Alex and I got up early, early and went for a walk in the red hills of Sedona. We started at 6:00 a.m. because it will be hot, hot, hot by noon. I was hoping to find something pretty to photograph so I could include it in today’s post. Guess what? There is a lot of beauty in the desert. It’s different from Oregon. Nothing here is moist, cool or lush. The environment is rugged and the sun is harsh, but it is still beautiful.

I believe if we look for beauty, we’ll find it. Just as we will find the goodness in other people and the benefit in every challenge – if we’re looking for it.

At the same time, it takes practically no effort to find ugliness and evil. We don’t have to look very hard or very far to find reasons to feel cheated, angry and upset.

So it may all come down to how we choose to view the world and what we expect to find when we get up and start each new day.

I hope as you continue to care for individuals who can no longer care for themselves that you will find the strength, courage and humor you need to face your ongoing challenges and trials. I also hope that you will think about the attitude you choose toward your life, because I believe that whatever you are looking for, it’s very likely that you will find it.