Jun 092011

I love to be happy, who doesn’t, right?  Webster’s defines Happiness as as state of Well-being and Contentment.  Well, sign me up.

I went to the “World of Coke” and their new slogan is “Open Happiness.”  Wouldn’t it be wonderful that every time your kid has a bad attitude, someone colors the living room wall or you slam your finger in the door, just grab a coke and “Open Happiness.”

Y, I’d have an 18 wheeler backed up to the front of my house, unloading 12 ounce cans of Happiness, quicker than he could blink.  Load me up, boys.

But it’s not that simple.  Happiness is not “The Midas Touch” where everything you put your hand to, turns to gold.  Happiness is a state of well being, wherever you are, in the moment – find contentment.

You don’t need to climb another rung on the corporate ladder, longing for a sportier car, a larger house, a shiner ring. It’s true contentment, just the joy of Being where you are, in the moment.

Try lying in in your backyard, looking up at the stars one evening.  Practice contentment.  It’s not usually a friend that’s beating down the door to get in,  but more of a quiet satisfaction.

Wherever you are, in whatever stage of life, take a deep breath, make a list of what makes you thankful; and Open Happiness, it’s zero calories.

 Posted by at 11:11 pm
Jun 062011

Do you ever feel like your carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders?  In my case, it came in the form of a purse.  I’ll buy this cute, sassy bag and before I know it, I’m stashing extra diapers, a pair of socks, my 10 year old’s DS, extra snacks, 9 Home Repair receipts and a big bag of change.

The very thing that was holding me down, weighing on my shoulders and hurting my back was a bag of change, $13 in quarters to be exact.

As I cleaned out my purse, it hit me, of all the junk I’m throwing out, receipts, a mis-matched shoe, the one thing I truly needed to keep – was the bag of change.  Not the endless quarters, dimes and nickels, but a BAG OF CHANGE.

I needed a Bag of Change.  What an Epiphany.  It was that simple.

We get in a rut and find ourselves driving to work without realizing the journey.  We walk down the same grocery store aisles looking for the same food, cooking the same meals, paying the same bills, folding the same laundry, when I realized, what I needed was a Bag of Change.

I needed to bring Myself back to the forefront of My Own Life.  Step outside of the “Same Ole Same Ole”, grab a new perspective, a new outlook. I was allowing chauffeuring schedules, science projects, work . . . my  kid’s needs to take the place of my own.

I replaced my own thoughts, needs and dreams for those in my household under 4 ft. 2, allowing their emergencies to become my own.

I’m hungry, I need school supplies by tomorrow.  My days were filled with:  Don’t holler, quit fighting, drink your milk, stop touching that, put it down and before I knew it, I lost myself.  I had become one of those items in my purse, weighing Me Down!

I wanted to be the “Leading Lady” of my own life, not the Best Friend next door.  So I began to give the kid’s more responsibilities.  They could help with meals, laundry and so on.  They began to appreciate how much work it took to complete a task. I began to hear:  Thanks mom and dinner was delicious.

I began to put myself on the “To Do” list.  Take tennis lessons, set aside 30 minutes a day to exercise – in PEACE.  Read an interesting book, listen to an inspiring message, put myself somewhere on the top.  Selfish you might say: If they see a haggard mom who’s chasing her tail from here to there, I’m teaching my kids that life is no fun, once you have children of your own.  Who wants that job?

Take Responsibility for Yourself.  Show your children that life is what you make it.

Shake things up.  Try new recipes, change your “Look,” try a new style, volunteer (look outside yourself).  Life is full of Color, Adventure and Opportunity.  You just have to clean out your “Purse of Life” and remember to Keep the Change.  Here’s to Living Your Authentic Self.

 Posted by at 12:31 am