Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Resolution

We are eleven (almost twelve) days into 2011 and I have yet to pen the requisite affirmation of change.

What is up with that?

I didn't really think it would matter if I wrote it today or last week or three weeks from now - how eye opening/jaw dropping is that?  I know, right? 

(And I smile)

It's just that...well...I think I've been quietly working on my resolution for a while now.  I'm not even sure if I can tell you how long. 

(Resolution?  Happy is good.  Happy is so good I will strive for it instead of expecting it to happen.)

One day I just decided happy was so much better than all the other options but, more importantly, I also realized that sometimes it requires a little bit of effort.  Yes, that is what I decided.  And here are some things in the journal that make me think I'm heading in the right direction.

(From the Journal)
Found while scrounging the internet...

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows."  - Helen Keller

(and from two journals ago...)

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Thoreau

What am I getting at?

While I appreciate the unsolicited happiness that so often washes over me, this year, I'm taking happy to a whole new level. 

I'm looking for it,
       paying special attention to it,
and taking every opportunity to spread it.

You do, after all, reap what you sow.

How 'bout I sign off with something that made me extremely happy yesterday?

Ruth came out of her bedroom and said, "Mom, did you know every single thing on my body has some shade of purple in it (even my underwear)? " Then she laughed, shook her head side to side, and said, "People won't believe I managed to find so much purple - it is PRETTY impressive."


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