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Are you happy when you wake up?

The first thing I see when I open my eyes.

The first thing I see when I open my eyes.

When you wake up, what is the first thought in your head?

Are you happy when you wake up?

Do you think, “Oh, crap another day.”

or Do you think, “Oh, wow, another day!”

When I woke up this morning I thought, “Oh crap,The sink is full of dirty dishes.”

My mood in the morning is directly related to the contents of my kitchen sink.

If the kitchen is clean and all the dishes are washed, dried and put away, I wake up thinking, “Oh wow, another day! I am capable and a good housekeeper, and I can handle my life.”

I walk downstairs ready to start the day, delighted with life, because last night I washed, dried and put away all the dishes.

I didn’t wash the dishes last night.

The sink is full of dirty dishes.  There is food stuck to the plates, and the pots are still on the stove.

The sink is full of dirty dishes

On the kitchen island is a bowl full of cake batter, a bottle of vanilla extract, a bag of flour, a hand-held mixer, oven mitts, a measuring bup, and a cake. My youngest daughter wanted to make a cake late last night. And we didn’t clean up after we made the cake, we watched a movie.

The kitchen is a mess and it makes me sad


Mrs. Should, who lives in my head, said, “You should always clean up after you cook. You should never go to bed with a dirty kitchen.”

Mrs. Should likes to tell me what to do.  But, I am tired of letting Mrs. Should make me feel bad about myself.

Today I choose to be happy, even though my sink is full of dirty dishes.

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
― Martha Washington

Will  you be happy today?


After I wrote this story I went upstairs to photograph the kitchen. I photographed the dishes on the counter, and saw my bottle of Joy dish soap. The label was ripped and the edges were faded, but I could still read the word, “Joy.”

I pray you find “Joy” today.

A bottle of joy.



About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Winnie

    I wake up sleepy…I have gotten into the habit of hitting the sleep button on my alarm, I never did that in the US. Today I will be happy filled with Papa’s joy 🙂

  • Andria R Bicknell

    Pamela, I so get this! I just love you. I’m pretty OCD about keeping my home in order. My kitchen sink however, is my nemisis…always with the dirty dishes!!!

    • Andria,
      You are so kind to me.
      Where do you live? We can wash each others dishes.
      Now, to be happy even if we don’t clean up right away.
      I raise my bottle of Joy to you!
      A toast with dish soap instead of wine.

      • Andria R Bicknell

        I love it, lol! Cheers from Texas!