An interesting thing happened to me the other day. I was on my way to work,  walking the same route I always do to get to the train. Along the way, I was texting (yep, just like the kids do) a friend. Now, this is someone I have gotten to know pretty well over the last several months and typically the conversations (at least the text versions) are not that long.

But something changed on this particular day; she asked me a question that was somewhat perplexing. Thought I didn’t have an answer for it right away, it did make me stop a think a minute.

So tell me.. do you have something to look forward to today? Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be big and impressive; it can be small but important, at least to you. What is it you look forward to? What gets you up and out of bed in the morning? What puts a smile on your face on the way into work?

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Dave Manoucheri is a writer and journalist based in Sacramento, California.  A father of four, two daughters and twin sons, his blog, Our Story Begins, is a chronicle of their daily life after the loss of his wife Andrea, in March of 2011. Follow him on Twitter @InvProducerMan.