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Just for today let’s not complain. Let’s just count our blessings–we all have so many:

- a good cup of coffee on a Sunday morning
- our cars that we are lucky enough to have as we drive to work
- a loved one, or many
- food...everywhere
- clean water to drink and to bathe in
- access to medical care and to education
- breath
- choice in what to do in our lives, or, on any given day
- books, the internet
- freedom to walk our streets or to take a hike to enjoy nature
- electricity
- 10 working fingers that allow us to do our work or things we enjoy
- knowing our loved ones are safe
- a sound mind
- a comfy bed and pillow


...as I am writing this, there is literally no end to the gifts that are all around me which I often take for granted.

Most of us are blessed beyond measure. Yet, in an effort to improve our lives or ourselves we tend to focus on what we don’t have and what we don’t want. Thus the very thing we want more of–greater peace and happiness–eludes us.

We don’t need to go anywhere or do anything to find happiness. Take a look–it’s all around you!

 

 

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"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

~Mahatma Gandhi

 

A few weeks ago we applied for TSA precheck.

As my family and I waited, all the agents were in view behind their glass cubicles. One woman had a stern look on her face, displayed no personality, and was rather curt with her customers. I thought, and my husband verbalized: “I hope we don’t get her.”

Well…you know we did.

But we are a polite and friendly little family and though initially she didn’t respond to our little jokes and light banter, inside of the 15-20 minutes that we were together we had her laughing as she was merrily chatting about her family and her job.

It was a true delight! We all left feeling a little happier and elevated from the experience. (And I would bet that the customers after us had a different experience than the customers before us–our behavior matters! )

We all respond to acts of kindness–no matter how small the gesture. Try it. The only time you won’t get a response is when the person is so in their own head that they did not even recognize your attempt to be kind. –Don’t take it personally or get annoyed if they don’t say thank you while you're holding the door. Instead, say a prayer that whatever burden has them so distracted may soon be eased.

Do your part. Be happy. Be kind. Spread a little love. (And then enjoy the results!)

 

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Happiness is created, experienced, and practiced moment-to-moment-to-moment...

- Happiness is there when I open my eyes in the morning and say “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” as I acknowledge my gratitude for another day.
- It is there when I take a deep, mindful breath before I begin journaling.
- It is there when my daughter is telling me a story and I decide to stop what I am doing to be fully present to hear her and to feel her.
- It is there when my nephew shows me a video game and I try REALLY HARD to understand what I am looking at, only to remember it doesn't matter because I only care that he wants to show me.
- It is there in the tension between my husband and I when I choose to respond from a place of love and not fear.
- It is there when I look the Starbuck’s server in the eyes and thank her for my peppermint tea.
- It is there when I have patience with the salesclerk who is moving way, too, slow.
- It is there when I smile knowingly at the mom whose child is losing it in the grocery store.
- It is there when I share a glass of wine with a girlfriend as we dissect our work, lives, and relationships.
- It is there when I choose to look for what’s working in my life, not for what’s not working.
- It is there when I see the homeless person and validate his humanity.
- It is there on my iPhone when I think how lucky I am to live in a time where I have access to all the knowledge in the world in the palm of my hand! (That still blows my mind! )
- It is there in a health crisis when I choose to rise above the fear and grow.
- It is there in the mundane tasks of laundry, cooking, and errands as I am mindful that those tasks serve the higher purpose of caring for my family.
- It is there when my head touches the pillow at night and I scan my thoughts choosing only to focus on “What Went Well” today.
- It is there in the prayer for a better, safer, less scary world for all of us.


We create our happiness by the way we choose to show up in the world, and by the meaning we decide to assign to the events and circumstances of our lives. We must remind ourselves that happiness is not “out there” but always, and only, in the present moment. –So don’t let a moment go to waste! 😀