Wood’s Cove in Laguna Beach
This morning I was writing my daily morning pages and I wrote a long list of things that make me happy. I woke up feeling a little down, so my brilliant idea was to focus on what brings me joy and incorporate the things on my list in my daily life — or at least weekly. I had quite a list. A few of the items were :
A trip to the ocean
A good night’s sleep
Working on a project I’m proud of
Spending time with family and friends
Swimming in the nearby lake
Swimming laps at the city pool
Reading a good book
Catching up with friends via the phone
I need to take time to do things I enjoy — as well as take care of the things I have to do.
I read a blog this morning by one of my favorite bloggers that I follow. Her post today included the following quote:
“There’s only one rule. Follow the line of your own desires.” — MALCOLM BRADBERRY
“While I think that this has merit, I have problems with some of the intent. Should you always follow your path? What if a parent really wants to leave their family and join the circus. Do they really just wake up in the middle of the night, fill their bandana with worldly possessions, toss it on a stick, flip it on their back and just jump on the next freight train to the town with the tightrope and three rings?”
Click the link below to read the rest. The comments are interesting.https://wakinguponthewrongsideof50.com/
Her blog post made me realize the flip side of following desires can be selfishness. We all know people who put their own desires over their loved ones or responsibilities. The end result can be damaged relationships and pain.
What are some of the things that make you happy? Do you make time for them in your day to day life?
I’m off to swim laps in the city pool! Time to get the endorphins moving!