These are the words that I repeat daily in my mind and out loud with my family.
Today my husband said the words, as if they were his original thoughts. This is a huge compliment. They stuck and mean something to him too and I loved this moment.
I sometimes have a tendency to focus on the gaps, the little things that frustrate me, instead of the gifts that my family bring to my life. I want to stay in the space of creating connections and happiness and seeing the gifted moments and living happily ever after, day by day. When I focus on the gaps, I get stuck in a negative place and I don’t like that. So this is a daily practice to overlook the gaps, to let go, and to get back to joy as quickly as possible.
When my kids are arguing with each other, I ask them if they are creating connections or conflict with one another and if they don’t answer with connections, I ask them what they can do to create a connection instead of a conflict. It empowers them to choose and to take ownership of their actions and to focus on creating peace, just as soon as possible. Our goal is to create happiness and to take care of each other, all the time.
This is how we find and create happiness day by day.
We get to choose every day!!
What will you choose tomorrow?
This cow made me smile and I was happy that he stood close to us, kissed my arm and made me squeal.
Keepin’ life simple.
Happy Friday! It’s the weekend!!
We went to back to school night at our middle school and this poster, hanging in the back of Charlie’s classroom, caught my attention.
I love trees, and now their advice.
Stay rooted, my friends.
What is your favorite, irresistible snack food that you LOVE to eat?
These are mine. I absolutely love everything about them, except for the sticky orange stuff that sticks to my fingers and the calories, of course. I love the crunchiness and saltiness of them and they bring back sweet memories of my teenage years.
Luckily they aren’t in the house that often!! What do you love?:
Are you delighted or bothered by unexpected visitors? It’s really two sides to the same truth.
I enjoyed unexpected visitors in more ways than one today and found joy in their presence, despite the disruption.
See the good.
Today I practiced reacting slowly and intentionally without emotion attached to the reaction in response to events.
I practiced explaining my thoughts and considered the other person’s point of view as equal to mine. I considered and acknowledged their intentions before reacting with mine. I created space for connections and didn’t overthink and flowed with what came our way. By not reacting and adding fuel to possible conflict, there wasn’t any conflict. I was part of the solution. a-ha.
This was a good, a-ha moment! I want to continue to practice this one. It’s harder than it sounds, especially when I want to be right. Don’t we all?