for the first time in a while, i woke this morning with a smile, with a lifted spirit i've not felt for some time. life is never without an occasional storm. the roads we take will not always be free of potholes. in our lives we may often be asked to weather restive times. it is these challenges that should serve to make us more appreciative of the times when we are without crisis. the value of days on end marked by nothing more than boring ennui can better be appreciated after the resolution of the strife sometimes visited upon us. i intend to put the latest of my life's speed bumps forever behind me. i'm choosing to concentrate instead on brighter days just a little further on down the road. and i'm out.