(I know, I know - what a touchy-feely thing to say! But I promise not to hold your hand and sing kumbaya!)
I think it's just the whole 'new year' thing. You start to think about your life, and what you're happy with and what you're not, and after several split-personality discussions with myself I've arrived at the following:
1) Tammy, are you happy with such and such?
2) If you are, great. Now try and remember that, and be happy.
3) If you're not, can you change it?
4) If you can, do.
5) If you can't, or if you believe that now isn't the right time to change it, then you can either
a) keep being unhappy, or
b) you can chose to be happy
And I guess it's the 'be happy' and the 'chose to be happy' that's had me thinking. I'm not a particularly unhappy person or anything, but I'd like to do more to be consciously happy - because life is so much better when you are!
Several years ago, right before I went away overseas, mum gave me a little card with a picture of a flower, and the words 'bloom where you're planted'. I liked it. That idea that you may not always have control over where you are or what's going on, but you always have control over what you do with it, and you can almost always decide to 'bloom' regardless of where you're planted.
And I've realized that reminding myself that I really do enjoy a lot of the wonderful things in my life, and then finding ways to be grateful for all of the wonderful things in my life and the wonderful things that are all around me, is definitely a great place to start. And then smiling and laughing, and loosening up, and making time for people and not just things. And then smiling and laughing some more.
So, just a little thought today really. How's your 2013 looking? And what things are you doing to be happy?
“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.
By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.”
— Robert Louis Stevenson
“Like swimming, riding, writing, or playing golf, happiness can be learned.”
— Boris Sokoloff