Head in the clouds …

I’ve always been a dreamer. I think it is one of my biggest flaws and one of my greatest blessings. Even when I was a young woman filled with anxiety I still managed to dream BIG. Now that I’m older many of my anxieties have fallen by the wayside which leaves lots of room for dreaming. I think that by allowing myself to dream I have had a better stronghold on hope. It really has worked for me in just about every situation I’ve been in. Even the really ugly ones. I think the ability to dream has also allowed me to maintain a certain measure of flexibility in my thoughts. If one thing doesn’t work out exactly the way I had hoped it can be easily modified. My thinking can be changed, and before I even realize it a new dream is in place. Some things have to change to bring us to the right place in our lives or to help us reach our goals, right?!?! From the bottom of my heart I believe that both God and the universe direct me in the way I need to go. I find so much comfort in that. Rigidity definitely has no place in this dreamer’s life. With all the twists and turns my life has taken I think rigidity would have been the end of my happiness. My soul would have deflated like a balloon decades ago. My spirit would have been crushed. Dreaming has kept me happy and hopeful. So … I guess I’ll just stick with it.

Well, I hope you all have a day where your head is in the clouds!!!

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A beautiful and imperfect life …

When I pray I don’t ask for a perfect life. But instead, I ask for perfect moments in my rather imperfect life. I do not need an easy life to be happy. I do not need flawlessness. What makes me the happiest are those times when I am with the people I love most, sharing easy conversations, laughs or even stillness, quiet or tears. Those moments when I find myself saying that I wouldn’t trade RIGHT NOW for anything, no matter what situation I may be in. We could be home or on an adventure. At the market or an appointment. We can be going through tough times or good. It doesn’t matter. Opening my heart to accepting that these moments can happen ANYWHERE and under ANY circumstances has allowed me much joy. The genuineness of these moments allow me to feel the closeness that I am blessed to share with others. I appreciate the natural flow of these interactions and the contentment that they bring. They are a reminder that there is a great beauty in just BEING.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you appreciate your beautiful life!!!

Find your joy …

Life doesn’t hand you happiness. Birth was never a guarantee that you would be happy. It meant that you had a chance at it. Having worked in mental health services for a number of years I came to have some understanding of biochemistry and how it affects our brains. I began to believe that if someone can be biochemically depressed then there must be others who can have a propensity to be happy. I honestly think I’m one of those people. I wake up, about 95% of the time, in a good mood, sometimes for absolutely no reason at all. I know that this is a blessing beyond blessings. And TRUST ME, I am very thankful. But the fact still remains that I’m left with my day. And what to do with it. Good or bad I have to strive to keep that happiness alive. Some days are WAY easier than others. Some days are impossible. But if I can EKE OUT even a smidgeon of happy I consider my day a success. Happiness is definitely an inside job that takes a heck of a lot of work to obtain and maintain. But dang, it’s worth it!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you find your joy!!!

Skeptical …

Having gone on a little trip last week it feels like this is our first official week of summer. But as usual we have more going on than I can keep track of. So today, on top of having everything listed on my phone with alerts, I also made a master calendar (with details) for everyone else in this crazy house to see. It took me a while to make but I think it was time well spent. I posted it on our refrigerator, a place I KNOW everyone frequents. I am hopeful that this will be the most organized and on-time summer we have ever had. I typed that with clinched teeth and fingers crossed.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t skeptical!!!

Squeezed for time …

I began a 3-day juice cleanse today. I’ve used detox teas and other detox drinks before but I have never done a true juice cleanse. I’m one day in and I can tell you this. It is EXTREMELY time consuming if you do your own juicing. I understand why people just opt for pre-made juices that are available now. They have a life!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t squeezed for time!!!

Over the top and annoying …

People who exaggerate. Let’s discuss. This topic can go in a lot of different directions. But I’ll just mention a few that I have first hand experience with. 

Exaggerating can be done “naturally” without a person really knowing what they are doing. Like they got caught up in the moment and it just happened. I get that. Emotions happen. No harm, no fowl. I think it’s rather endearing to see someone so excited about something that they exaggerate. And I understand that when someone is hurting (physically or emotionally) perceptions are altered. We all get there. 

Exaggerating can be done on purpose to be funny. I TOTALLY get that. And I think these people may be some of my soulmates. HA! These people crack me the heck up. And as long as everyone they are exposing to this type of exaggeration is “on-board” with this level of humor, I’m all for it. 

Now let’s look at the exaggerating that is done on purpose to gain some sort of sympathy or attention. Ew. I don’t get this. I don’t even want to understand this. I have found that these people will act one way in front of me or others that they are “comfortable” with and in a completely different way in front of other people. Like they realize that under “normal” social conditions that their behavior would be considered unacceptable or would appear odd. Just yesterday I mentioned to someone that perhaps they should not engage in a particular behavior at work that they do in front of me. Their response? “I know.”

Whoa.

If that’s not admitting that they are purposely exaggerating a negative behavior in one setting and not another I don’t know what is. It all just leaves me asking, “WHY?”. I just don’t get it. You can argue that a certain level of “comfort” or “intimacy” must have been reached to allow this level of exaggeration. And that’s a good thing, yes? No. Not. At. All. I look at it as more of entitlement. Like they feel that they can do whatever they want despite how it appears or makes anyone feel. And well … that is just GROSS. REALLY REALLY GROSS. WRONG. TERRIBLE. HORRIBLE. YUCK. NASTY. See what I did there?

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t OVER THE TOP and ANNOYING!!!

Back at it …

After a hectic and exciting two weeks we ended with a lovely and relaxing mini trip to wine country. I loved it! And I needed it. We have now been home just mere hours and we have completed chores, been to one appointment and are getting ready for a picnic. Yup. This definitely feels like home. HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are back at it!!!