Writing every day helps me to live in the moment and to be truly present. I am conscious of the fact that I wish to have something to share by the end of the day, which will hopefully be meaningful and perhaps might inspire others. That is my daily goal. And so I pay attention to the moments that come and go and think about what might be interesting to share.
I still believe in living it up and enjoying the days despite the chaos and craziness that life delivers now that we are back to a more normal routine and I actively seek the pursuit of happiness. Daily. We all can do this and it feels so good!
One of our family mottos is to work first, and then play. Sometimes we work and play, but we work hard as a team, and we work together so that we all can experience joy and do what we want to do. It works for us and there is a lot of gratitude between us.
Today we worked together after school, getting snacks, cleaning up, and taking care of appointments. On the way home, we stopped to play, spontaneously before the rain started to fall.
There are tennis courts near our house and Juliana wanted to work on her serve and Charlie wanted to practice hitting. Luckily all our tennis gear was in the car and UGG boots aren’t too bad for a coach! :-). I fed her balls and gave her little tips and watched and enjoyed seeing her listen and apply the little tweaks to improve her serve and get it in the court successfully.
Charlie was digging the balls and returning them back over the net too.
The rain started to fall shortly after we started, but we didn’t let it stop us. We played on as we learned in Holland that a little rain doesn’t make you melt!! My straightened hair got a little frizzy, but it was worth it for the spontenaity and fun!
We got home in time for dinner and a little more homework before the next events of the evening.
Charlie and I were playing in the car, watching and listening to the rain, while we had ten minutes to wait before his basketball practice. I love his little profile and got to enjoy him, even though I’m so tired from him waking me up at 2:30 am this morning wanting to sleep in my bed!! Can’t wait for bed time tonight. I’m exhausted.
So my take away to share today is even if you’re wearing your grouchy pants like me, there are still ways to squeeze in little unexpected moments of joy and happiness if you choose to change your mind and allow yourself to feel joy in between the cracks of exhaustion and frustration.
How did you create happiness today?