Why hello, and happy Monday to you! I hope that your week is starting off on the right foot.
I am not going to lie; despite my best efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle, I have been feeling under the weather this week. It has been a struggle to keep food down, let alone get a post out.
With that being said, please forgive me if the following musing is a little unconventional. The dehydration has left me in a bit of a brain fog to say the least.
Let's talk about healthy perspectives.
"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it."-Groucho Marx
Let's face it, some days simply aren't as wonderful as others; but EVERY day has something good in it. Even the most horrific of days have a silver lining: a beautiful sunrise, a strangers smile, a joke from a friend, the indulgence of a good book, the crunch of a crisp apple, your favorite song playing on the radio, a warm embrace, a bottle of bubbles, or the simple fact that you are still breathing.
"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."-Anne Frank
When the world seems to be pummeling you from all directions, don't give up. Instead of curling up into a ball, getting discouraged, or throwing in the towel--I have personally found that it is helpful to pause: take a step back, take a deep breath, & find something to smile about.
"Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions."-Dalai Lama
"Research has shown that the best way to be happy is to make each day happy."-Deepak Chopra
But let's face it, some days my goals are as lack-luster as showering or brushing my teeth--we have all been there where the simple thought of attending to personal hygiene feels like summiting Mount Everest. That is OK, acknowledging where you are at is healthy. You can't run at a "level ten" 100% of the time. Listen to your body.
When we listen to our bodies & set realistic goals are for the day, "checking off" even the smallest of accomplishments can create a great deal of comfort.
I feel that my hubby's catch phrase of "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time" was my mantra this week. Although I do not enjoy the phrase in a literal sense (seeing as I am a vegetarian who is "pro" Mother Nature & all) I do appreciate the concept. Any time we are faced with challenges in our lives, we can typically break down the problem into manageable little snippets (or bites).
"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life."-John Lennon
I am not telling you to ignore your pain. Nor am I saying that I understand what you are going through--we never know what trials and tribulations another individual faces until we walk a mile in their shoes. I am not trying to cheapen or discount your pain and suffering in any way. Feelings are meant to be felt. I am simply trying to shed light onto a perspective that has eased my soul during times of duress.
To close, I wanted to share an inspirational song, and an "Internet Roundup" of some insightful "Life Hacks" that can help get your new year off on the right track.