I was in a bad mood today. I was frustrated and irrational.
Yes, it’s true. Just ask my family. I have my neurotic moments. I hate these feelings as much as they do.
I thought about my post from yesterday about happiness, asking myself if I was happy and I was definitely not, at that moment. I like to practice what I share. I asked myself, “do you want to be happy?” And at that moment I wanted to be mad and did not want to release and let go. I stayed mad and quiet and wanted to feel what I was feeling, but not for long.
I received a text from my friend saying just the right words at the right time. We were supposed to meet up and I was running late.
Wanna know what her text said?
It was so simple and perfect timing.
It said, “Happiness Awaits.” How did she even know? She didn’t and that was a beautiful thing.
That’s all I needed to read to change my angry mind.
I was ready to be happy again and gave myself the rest of the car ride to get over myself.
I decided to make a change. I chose to be happy and believe it or not, was. I let go. I surrendered and enjoyed myself despite what I was feeling 10 minutes before. It was that simple and that sincere. No joke.
Our minds are so flippin’ powerful. We just have to decide what we really want and surrender. We have to be focused and determined and have to fight for what we really want, and not allow our irrational feelings win.
When we choose.
Be happy, BeLoveRs. It’s so much better than the alternative.
What does that mean?
What does that look like?
What does loving yourself feel like?
Why is it important?
It took me several years to really learn this lesson. To know it. To feel it. To really do it. And to realize that this process changes and is never done. And it’s ok, more than ok, and we should be celebrating our happiness and creating more happiness. It’s contagious and I want to share it.
If I were to share my valentine gift with you, it would be this:
Figure out what makes you happy and make time to do that. TODAY.
If you don’t know what makes you happy, then sit for 15 minutes and try to make a list. If nothing is coming to you, then focus on just breathing and relaxing and freeing your mind for 15 minutes. Create some space and time so that your creativity can flow. And then tomorrow, pick something from your list and spend 15 minutes doing what makes you smile. Everyone has 15 minutes to squeeze in joy and it’s a huge investment in your daily well being and productivity and the happiness you can give out to the world.
This Valentine’s Day – instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers or chocolate or to be romantic, make time for yourself and do something that you love. Give yourself the freedom from responsibility and duty to live it up and love it out and create joy – even if it’s only 15 minutes. Loving ourselves needs to become a habit, something we practice and become good at. Because the more we love ourselves and see the good that we are, the more love and more goodness we have to share with others. This is the endless circle we want to create. The happiness circle that keeps on growing and growing and fills our earth, filled with love and happiness. Oh, I like that visual… don’t you?
Love me. Love you.
Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU! Wonderful YOU!