When I was in graduate school my friend, Dave, kept harassing me about whether or not I had started my thesis. He said I needed to start on it and get it finished so I could have a break at the end of the next semester. I told him I would start on it at some point, I just hadn’t yet. The truth was I could enjoy my summer or work on my thesis. We were in a tough program. Quite frankly, it was harder than I had imagined. I was in my twenties, divorced, and a single mom. I was ready to relax and spend time with my daughter. I was also teaching a summer class. I decided to enjoy myself and work on my thesis once school started up again.
Dave wanted to work upfront and enjoy himself later. I wanted to enjoy myself in the moment and do my work later. It worked out well for both of us. The important thing for me was learning to live in the moment. I couldn’t afford to spend my time that summer worrying about the work I would have to do when the semester started. If I was going to spend my time worrying, I might as well spend my time working. It was a valuable lesson.
Now skip ahead 20 years. (It’s very hard for me to believe that I have been out of graduate school for 20 years.) Every day I am doing my best to choose to be happy now – to be happy in the present moment. I decided I would write a book/journal chronicling 365 days of my life. I would write every day. I would say what I was happy about. I would do my best to be happy in all the moments that would allow for it.
I started at the end of 2015 and I now have over 350 pages written. That’s wild! There are days I don’t want to write, but I made a commitment, so I do it. Not every day is perfect or happy, but there is always good to be found every day if we are receptive.
I hope this Sunday (or whenever you read this post) finds you realizing moments in which you feel happy. Take note. You will probably find yourself looking for more positive things in your life.
Have a wonderful, fun-filled, happy, and peaceful week!