Independence from WorryJuly 4, 2012
Happy Independence Day to our readers in the US! I love this holiday. Celebrating freedom and democracy and later eating tasty barbecue with good friends makes a delightful day. Last night I made a Limoncello cake to share and enjoyed creating something special. I’m feeling a lot of gratitude for life and simple pleasures lately.
Because it’s a holiday from work, I did not want to wake up early this morning. But I had a commitment to help take care of a bed-ridden neighbor. I thought to myself, I bet he wishes he could climb out of bed and do some yard work today. So I sleepily switched to gratitude. Afterward, I tackled the burn pile of big tree limbs in the yard. The fire represented a cleansing.
As I moved around the yard, I thought about how great I feel today. I control my attitude and sometimes it’s just easier to feel happy and content. Today is that day.
In January, I asked Carolee and Cathy for a six month sabbatical from writing for this blog. I was struggling with some personal challenges and felt my motivation and focus for writing here drying up. I dealt with the lack of inspiration and loss of a consistent positive outlook by employing the ideas and tools we’ve talked about here and it took a lot of energy. I wrote about what is good in my life and the actions I wanted to take to hold that feeling.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this struggle to feel content. So I wanted to show up here to share a bit of my journey and wish you the feeling of freedom from whatever might be weighing you down. Pursue happiness. Focus on gratitude and live in this moment. And when you are feeling wonderful and content, celebrate it!