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My husband’s definition of “happy,” is ‘busy.’ And, if he’s correct, I’m euphoric!!!!
I’m doing better at tackling things doggedly, doing what I consider the most important things for the day first, trying not to feel stressed. I have this quote by Brian Tracy on the side of my file cabinet in the office. I’m looking at it as I type – “When you feel overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time (or energy – my addition), remind yourself that all you can do is all you can do.”
Yesterday my plans were snafued. My husband wanted to try installing the light switch in our office again because the three fluorescent light fixtures were still acting wonky. We spent a lot of time on that. We THOUGHT it was fixed this time, but it’s still wonky. I suspect that mice are chewing on our wires inside the walls. They did that to our phone wires. We went to a cell phone base instead to go around that problem. We have changed out the ballast transformers in the fixtures AND the switch now. This problem is either mice – or gremlins…
Today I will try to honor my need to stable mental health and get up to play in my art room – at least for a little while. I would LIKE to work on the bookmarks I started several days ago. I also have some other ideas rattling around in my head….
I’m making progress on the “clean-out-donate-or-throw-away-clean-and-reorganize” project in our master bathroom. I’m planning to do some each day until the shelves in there look like someone has a plan. I can see progress, but my husband hasn’t noticed yet.
My OWN idea of “happy” is having lots of things to do that bring you joy – or at least a strong sense of accomplishment. I believe happiness comes from inside and that you create it yourself. That doesn’t mean that I think one should go around with a doofus, happy grin all the time. But inner satisfaction does shine through.
This doesn’t have to mean HUGE changes in your life. It can mean carving out a bit of time for yourself each day. Use it to do something you really enjoy, something that brings you pleasure, brings you peace, makes you smile. If you can’t DO something, you always have your mind and your heart. You can escape for a bit, if you need to – listen to music, read a book, sit in your chair with your eyes closed. Be sure to do something each and every day.
“Learn to value yourself, which means: Fight for your happiness.” ~ Ayn Rand
As part of my ‘get-my-act-together’ effort lately, I’ve started to do yoga again. I do “Gentle Yoga” stretches from the DVD “Gentle Yoga” with Cat Kabira through SixtyandMe. Due to stubbornness and stupidity, I don’t make time for it as I should, even though it makes me feel better. That said, I’ve gotten started again, realizing that over the time I HAVEN’T practiced, I’ve stiffened up again and am feeling sore. DUH!
The fact that the pounds I’ve gained during “COVID-19 stay-at-home-mostly ” are starting to come OFF with our South Beach Diet makes me feel more like exercising. It’s as hot as an oven outside now, so the walking for 10 minutes three times daily they suggest to start is actually twice a day – in the morning and before dark.
It was really hard to get started with the yoga again. It took me several minutes to relax enough to actually lie still and breathe into lying on my back on my yoga mat. Whatever the muscles are behind my shoulder blades were screaming and not wanting to let go. Once I got THAT done, the rest was just moving through the poses I know help me, SLOWLY stretching me out and breathing into each pose, doing what I can do now.
I felt better – plus fairly virtuous – afterwards, so I’ll go back to putting a gold star on my calendar each day I complete the yoga and see if that keeps me going.
Less lard, more flexibility, gold star, and a happy face from me. A good way to spend part of the day!