Monday, February 25, 2008

What's Your Story?

I’ve started an on-line class called Awakening Joy and, in conjunction with the class, am reading a book, How We Choose to be Happy. When I told my husband that I was going to do this he chuckled and said, “You with more joy? Is that possible?” This past weekend I started reading through the course material and the book and, while it’s true that I already am inclined toward many of the basic concepts presented, I also see that I can do even more to proactively bring joy into my life. The first few points of both the book and class suggest making an intentional decision to be happy. The idea is the pretty popular point, which I believe and utilize, that it’s not so much what happens to us that matters, but how we deal with what life hands us that makes a difference. One of the stories presented in the book was about a woman who tells herself a story every morning of what her day will be like – a positive story that she says helps keep her on track attitudinally as she goes through her day. I like this idea. So this morning, before I got out of bed, I silently told myself a little story about how my day was going to go. I acknowledged that it was going to be a busy day with many varied errands and tasks that need to be completed, but that I would be able to fly through the day with a positive attitude. I prioritized what needs to be done today, I allowed for time for myself (I’m taking it right now as I write) and in my story I maintained a happy demeanor throughout the day. I’m already off-track, having spent unplanned for time discussing a book and movie with my oldest son, but taking the time to talk with him is definitely a positive, so I’ll just adjust my plans a bit in order to acknowledge that it was time well-spent and that another, more mundane task can simply wait for another day – no need to stress about it. I like that my story not only helped me plan what I will do today, but also how I will feel as I go through my day. What story did you write for yourself today?

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