I am generally a positive person, a “glass half full” kinda gal, but it has been a bit more challenging the past several years to maintain (yeah right) that perspective. I honestly started dipping below the line and started visiting the “half empty” mind set more and more often. My happiness meter was dipping to new lows and getting stuck. With hormone changes, body changes, deaths, family drama, regular life events and some devastating news that rocked my world so hard 3 years ago I still can’t talk about it, I found myself in a joyless day to day existence. This simply is unacceptable. So I decided to make some changes.
“When the student is ready, the teacher will come.”
Ironically, since I’ve decided to make my happiness a mission, I’ve had many serendipitous occurrences that seem like “messages” of encouragement. A well timed quote, a book that is speaking to me on so many levels I have laughed and cried while reading it, a song on the radio that is perfectly suited to the moment, invitations to do things that I love, and just now, the perfect timing of a friend wanting to partner up for health. We hadn’t spoken in quite some time and we both had planned to start anew tomorrow. Yeah!
I am taking the time to do things that bring me joy. I am reading things that make me feel good. I am working on some meditations to help me center. I am making “friend time” a priority. I have my drama deflector shield up.
I am focusing on the things in my life I am grateful for. I am actively looking for (and planning) fun experiences.
One of my all time favorite things to do is to float the rivers in a canoe. I used to go as often as I could. Vacation days as well as weekends were spent on the water. I had not done it in 15 years. In that time, I had only been out on a boat a small handful of times. While I do enjoy boating, nothing compares to the tranquility of a good old fashioned float trip. I have been on 3 different rivers in the past week! I kayaked one, boated another and floated the third in an inner-tube. Kayaking ROCKS!
Now I am going to sync the “Happiness Mission” with the “Healthy Mission”. Because alone they are both lacking, but together they can take on the world. Bwaahaahaaaha! (Mad scientist laughter)
This journey is much like planting a garden. You have to do more than just want a garden and plant a few seeds. You have to create an environment that encourages your plants to grow and thrive. You have to tend your garden. Pluck out the weeds (negativity), give it plenty of water (hydrate), keep it rich with nutrients (eat well) , prune the dead stuff (things that don't work for you), remove the pests (drama...and the people who create it) and make sure it gets plenty of sunshine (joy) and you will have happy plants. And happy plants produce the most luscious fruit. And fruit is good for you.