by Claire Star
I’m well aware that these believes are not conducive to happiness, nor does they lend to positive thinking. I know that if I continue in this vein, I will get stuck somewhere dark. I’ve been there before; I have no desire to go back.
So, I’m choosing to embrace the time spent doing the things that I find enjoyable. I’m going to change the labels I apply to my actions so that they better reflect how I want to feel. I will no longer reprimand myself for the ten minutes each day spent reading my favorite blog, Cup of Jo, and instead appreciate the happiness I derive from the experience. I’ll accept the mornings where I slept later than planned, acknowledging that my body must have needed the extra rest.
I acknowledge that this will be a gradual process. I accept that after my twenty (albeit short) years of living one way, I will not wake up tomorrow a completely changed person. That would be wonderful, but perhaps not realistic. And I want to observe the change as it happens, as I believe that it will remind me why I started in the first place.
As of now, the list of things that makes me happy includes:
- planning trips, either real or hypothetical (as evidenced here and here)
- taking aimless walks with my dog, Freddie
- finding the best coffee in Seattle
- listening to music by Brandi Carlile
- eating ice cream
- browsing Pinterest
- writing this blog with Nicole
- taking pictures
If I’m struggling, I’ll visualize the times and places that I was happiest, such as when I took the photos in this post, and remember the message conveyed on the Scottish Museum of Modern Art’s building, below.
Note: This post was inspired by the post “Save It For a Rainy Day” on Erin Boyle’s blog Reading My Tea Leaves. I highly encourage you to take a few minutes and read the post; I found those couple hundred words to be as equally valuable as the twenty-plus hours of reading I did this week for my classes.
// Photos by Claire Star. Title borrowed Sheryl Crow's song by the same name.
Tags: by Claire, Happiness, Life