Don’t we all just face something that challenges us, every stinkin’ day? It can be difficult, sometimes, to continue smiling. And the odd part is, bringing back the happy WITH happy is the best way to make it happen.
I’ve been thinking about Joy lately, and living in it. We owe it to ourselves to be genuine. We deserve nothing less. And yet, our paths are peppered with rough patches. As you all know, some of the smoothing tools that work for me are guided meditation CDs.
And more recently, really, really focusing on being mindful. Eating with consciousness, and being as fully aware as I possibly can. In as many moments as I am able. (Zeroing in on what we DO have, not what we DON’T.)
Today, before leaving for the pool, I was given a gift. From Mother Nature, herself.
This afternoon I harvested that crop of lavender, and twined some honeysuckle. My small amount of outside time was just so rejuvenating. (I also hung up a load of laundry on our awesomely trashy clothes line.)
Would I like to (someday travel and) go on an actual vacation? You bet. Was I exceptionally satisfied with acknowledging my blessings here at home? Without a doubt.
Even the message I woke up with (which wasn’t all that prophetic. Sometimes, they just aren’t) was certainly not unpleasant. Quite often the information we’re guided to is merely a helpful reminder.
Continue staying alert to the minutiae.
Then, within our regular rotation, I was validated. And that’s never bad.
Do something just for fun.
Pleasure is one of life’s essential nutrients.”
Yep. The key to keeping that Happy is by making sure WE are well taken care of. And doing what brings Joy to our lives. Even if it’s only a few calm minutes spent in a small messy yard.
Self-Care Cards by Cheryl Richardson
starts with this plate from Sunday (which I completely forgot about).
And continues with all of these singles, nearly every one spotted on our alley wander, after dinner tonight; Wisconsin, Montana, Wyoming, plus a Dakota.
No mapping or mileage this time, we just took a slow-moving constitutional to walk off some of our meal. Because, as Dan said, “it’s what we do.”