Have you ever enjoyed a day when everything is wonderful? You wake before the alarm to a glorious sky. The children are sunny and delightful. Your breakfast tastes just that little bit extra-especially delicious. As you go about your day, you feel as if the world is smiling at you. It’s important to bottle moments like that so you can save them for a rainy day. What you put into your bottle will vary from one person to another. When you open your bottle and draw out the contents, that will require you to be selective too.
Here’s some ideas to get you started:
Whether it be the anticipation of tomorrow’s sunrise when all you can hear is rain or the promise of Spring daffodils as you shiver in the wind, thinking about the warmest, prettiest, happiest (add your own superlative ;)) time to come can be just enough to lift your spirit. You don’t want to live your life in the future but a drawing a little anticipation from your bottle is a wonderful tonic when all around you seems dull and grey.
Loving the little things
Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow’s still a mystery.
Today is a gift,
That’s why they call it the present.
Using your pre-bottled source of the things that make you smile, take a good look around you. Look at the furry caterpillar scurrying across the path. See how his tiny little body wiggles and squirms. Did you notice how your colleague’s hair just did a little dance as the fan tickled it? Start appreciating the little things in your day that draw your attention.
You can find something to smile about. If this genuinely is a struggle, force your face into a smile. Practice a little eye smiling, that alone can warm your heart. Start smiling at people you pass in the street. There is not enough smiling in the world, top it up a little. The much quoted adage that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile might not be true in the strickest possible sense but the message goes as read and understood. Besides, it can’t all be down to quantity of muscles involved in an action. The gluteus maximus is just one muscle but to get that moving can be a real struggle in the morning
Love doesn’t make the world go round
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile – Franklin P Jones
Our hearts and souls were made to love. It doesn’t matter how powerful, rich, successful or famous you become, you will always feel empty without love. That’s because deep inside every heart is a hole, a space, that craves to be filled beyond measure with wonderful, perfect, unconditional love. It’s said that the best way to be loved is to love. If that’s the case, start loving others as you’d like them to love you. You’ll be amazed at the impact your love will have.
The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. – Allan K Chalmers
Over to you. What makes your soul sing?
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