Today, March 20th, is the International Day of Happiness and it’s not too late to join the movement. Visit the link, sign the pledge, and help spread happiness. I believe happiness is a choice. I choose to live my life deliberately and intentionally. I choose happiness and joy. You can too!
“I will try to create more happiness in the world around me.”
There are ten key aspects to living a happy and fulfilled life, according to research. All ten of these things are within our control:
I spotted this quote on Keepinspiring.me and it resonated with me. Nowadays it seems people want quick fixes and instant gratification. Sometimes letting things grow and develop slowly yields better results. Roots grow deep and build a stronger foundation.
“There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.”– Josiah Gilbert Holland
I keep these little placards from LaraCasey.com on my desk at home and work as gentle reminders, and I change the saying for how I am feeling or being challenged with that day. I can only do “one thing at a time,” especially if I want to do it well.
So the next time you are starting a new project or going after something you want that may take some effort, remember “that which grows slowly endures.” Planning it out to do things one at a time, in succession, will yield you better chances of achieving that goal.
Most years have their ups and downs, but 2016 seemed particularly trying for me. I am eternally hopeful that 2017 starts out peaceful and remains healthy, happy, and prosperous for me and my family, friends, and all of you. Prosperity, success, and wealth have different meanings for everyone, so find what has significance for you.
Here’s a little quote that embodies today’s prompt for me:
“Know your own HAPPINESS. Want for nothing but PATIENCE – or give it a more fascinating name. Call it ‘HOPE‘.”
~ Jane Austen from Sense and Sensibility
Have a safe and Happy New Year! Tomorrow begins a new day, a new adventure, a new you!
The day is not quite over yet, so in the spirit of World Hello Day I wanted to write a quick post. This is the 44th annual observance of this day that is simply designed for you to greet ten people for peace. Having done that already in person today, I wanted to try to reach at least 10 people out in the blogosphere. I thought I would post 10 interesting things about me, in hopes of getting (at least) 10 likes. So here goes:
I have been to 12 countries, 20 islands, seen 7 volcanoes, and visited *most* of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.
I have caught a shark while deep sea fishing.
I was helped on stage by Peter Gabriel at one of his concerts.
I sometimes eat dessert first.
I like fresh peaches, but not peach flavored anything. On the contrary, I don’t like real cherries, but will eat cherry flavored Starbursts. (As a kid, I used to eat my grandmother’s Luden cherry cough drops like candy!)
I only have 11 sets of ribs.
I swam with sea turtles while snorkeling in Hawaii.
I have been bungee jumping.
I have been in a hot air balloon.
I took a picture of an eclipse through a welder’s hood a few years ago that was tweeted by USA Today – and I came across it pinned the other day on someone’s board on Pinterest. (OK, that’s probably more silly than interesting!)
That’s 10 quick things about me. Leave me a comment and tell me something interesting about you! And let’s keep the communication going.
We should not be content to stay stagnant; but rather we should continue to push ourselves to learn and grow, like a plant or a flower always reaching for the sun. Push, stretch, grow!
I started this blog almost a year ago, knowing nothing about WordPress. I wanted to write about things that inspire me and how I cope with fibromyalgia, so I just started and didn’t really take the time to learn the tool fully. I have muddled my way along, making my share of mistakes:
I still can’t get my pictures sized the way I want half the time.
I post and then find errors and edit and repost.
I just tried the “Reblog” button this morning for the first time and screwed that up and had to do it again.
Haha. It’s been frustrating to say the least. But I laugh at myself and keep learning, because I learn from my failures and mistakes. Life really is a journey of self-discovery. We should not be content to stay stagnant; but rather we should continue to push ourselves to learn and grow, like a plant or a flower always reaching for the sun. Push, stretch, grow! Continue reading “My Blogging Journey”
“Done is better than perfect,” according to Sheryl Sandberg in her book Lean In (one of many unread books on my list. More on that another time). It’s a philosophy I have tried to adopt this past year, as I have come to these realizations:
I am no longer Superwoman
I can’t do everything
The things I do manage to do are far from perfect
For a Type A perfectionist, that was a bitter pill to swallow. These realizations come after my years of suffering from Fibromyalgia. I find as I get older it is harder to recover from a “flare” and I really need to make myself a priority if I am going to minimize the number and lengths of flares and remain pain-free.