“If you are not happy, you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.”
This whole November project was supposed to be about being positive. optimistic, and hopeful. Unfortunately, I haven’t done a great job of that so far. I know we can’t always control when we have our “good days” and “bad days” so to say, and this month has had a few more “bad days” than I was anticipating. After doing some much needed reflection, and reading the comments from many of you here on my blog, I’ve decided to really take today’s quote to heart.
It is my goal to identify “10 Treasures” in my life. These will range from things I enjoy about my life, to things that make me happy, good things that have happened recently, and even things that I look forward to on a daily basis. If I come up with more, that’s great! Hopefully this will be the beginning of a new trend I can start for myself.
1. Playing Mario Kart with A
2. Fitbit daily step challenges with K
3. Practicing Tae Kwon Do with A, watching him get his stripe, and then witnessing his excitement when he realized that his hard work paid off.
4. I got some of my clinical evaluations and I was consistently “above average” and “outstanding” on all evaluations from multiple rotations.
5. Our Nanny application was finally approved
6. Reading books at bedtime with E (and A too)
7. I live in a city with LOTS of great shopping
8. I love my house – It is a beautiful place to come home to every day
9. I no longer have to do laundry, clean my house, or cook on most days
10. Going out for “ice cream” (frozen yogurt) with my family
11. I’m no longer nauseous every day and I have less than 1 panic attack per week (on average)
There you have it… It took me a little while to come up with 11 things, which makes me think that I need to spend more time looking for the treasures in my life. Some of my treasures are quite small but an important part of my day. Most importantly, they bring joy and happiness to my life in different ways. Hopefully the more often I take the time to do this “exercise,” the more I will find that my life really isn’t falling apart as much as I think.