Today is the perfect day to focus on the things that make me happy. For the record, I was just sad yesterday and don't feel so great today, but it is certainly not the end of the world. I'm not upset or wailing or gnashing my teeth. I'm just experiencing some expected and appropriate grief, with a little g even. I'm really doing very well. So well, in fact, that I am certain that am doing the right things.
But I do believe what we choose to think about and how long we choose to think about it effects how happy we are. So after a little serenity prayering with "things I cannot change", I'm here today to make it a good day - starting off, thanks to fellow journeyers Anne H and Sandy, with a task of making a list (and being grateful for) the things that make me happy.
1. Obviously. Pebbles. I love her and I also like her a whole bunch (most of the time).
2. My Sister. Honestly, the funniest person I know. It appears we are going to survive "the troubles" okay. I'm in absolute heaven if I can get Pebbles and The Sister in the same room at the same time. Both hilarity and hijinx ensue.
The rest are in random order:
3. Warm, sunny January mornings - perfect for getting outside to walk around. I plan to take advantage of it today.
4. My boss. Superb human.
5. The Closet. I look around here and I love this little place.
6. Good coffee first thing in the morning. Those first few sips just might be my favorite part of every day.
7. Friendships. I'm new to this one. For a variety of reasons, I've been pretty isolated most of my life. So developing friendships, both in real life and online has been such a happiness builder.
8. Fine bed linens. I only allow myself one set at a time (I could go CRAZY) but I love the feeling of snuggling into some Tuesday Morning-purchased ridiculously high thread count sheets.
9. Yoga and Meditation: Learning so self-soothe and comfort and release anxiety from my life makes me happy.
10. Being creative. I don't always do this, but right now I'm getting an "urge". I've been looking to purchase an interesting rug for the kitchen floor, but I just haven't found what I like. I think it needs a funked-out penny rug and I think I'm going to make it myself.
11. Removing shame from my life to make room for happiness. After living a shame-based life, getting out from under it allows happiness to sneak in from a variety of areas.
I'm following Anne H's lead and passing this to everyone. Even if you choose not to post it, spend some time today reflecting on happiness.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Make room for happiness in your life.