Living in Ohio has good points and bad points. I’m not going to dwell on the bad points, but one of the good points is that we have four seasons. And to me, Fall – especially between September and late October – is the best!
It has been oppressively hot here most of the summer…90’s and high humidity…the other day though, I walked outside to leave my office and I immediately felt and smelled it. FALL WAS HERE! It was amazing how within an instant, a front had moved through and the breeze changed, the smell in the air changed, and the sky became that crisp fall blue color.
On the drive home that evening, I realized how beautiful life is and how wonderful all of the smells, sights, sounds, and tastes of fall truly are. They are truly things to be happy about! I thought I’d share a small list of things to think about as you go through your day…some simple things just to be happy about…they all have different meanings for us but they are things that we can rejoice in and enjoy and when we think of them they bring a smile to our faces.
Fields of grass, little kids heartily laughing, puppies tilting their heads while looking at you, the smell of burning leaves, the sight of a bird flying against a crisp blue sky, stars, 60 degree still nights, porch sitting, ripples, loved ones, kids making silly faces, hot showers on cold mornings, making love, chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven, bills marked “paid in full”, morning coffee brewing, hugs…
You can fill in your list…add to this one…or just think of things that make you happy. I bet that if I pressed you you’d be able to come up with hundreds of things that make you happy. We all have them…we all know what makes us truly happy but so many times we get bogged down in life…we forget about those things that make us the happiest…we dwell on the things that tick us off and make us unhappy. It’s easier to do. It’s not what’s best to do – dwell on the unhappy part – but it’s what’s easiest. The same is true of smiling – an expression associated with happiness – it is easier for the muscles to frown than it is to smile.
So if it’s true that it’s easier to frown and easier to think of the things that make us unhappy then we must make a concerted effort to try to be happy! It takes work…it takes lots of work…but being happy is what really gets our mojo working and motivates us to be the best we can be…
So take time out today and everyday to stop – think happy thoughts – and LIVE!!!
If you are reading this from the U.S., then I hope your Labor Day holiday was a good one. Mine was absolutely fabulous…lots of time with the family then I was in a parade on Monday. I have a 1968 Mustang Show Car and I got to drive it in the parade. It was fun. What was even cooler was the number of people who came out in early morning to see the parade and how happy everyone was. I live in a small town and although it’s only 20 miles from a major metro area of around 2.5 million, the town I live in is a wonderful slice of Mid-Western Americana.
The streets were lined with parents and kids sitting in their lawn chairs clapping, waving, and cheering. As I drove down the parade route at a snails pace and saw everyone, I was reminded, indeed, that was what it was all about. Kids sitting on their parent’s laps, parents walking with strollers while their babies blissfully slept, senior citizens taking pictures of their grandchildren who were in the parade…it was what life in America is about…
When we get blue…when we feel down…when we think that this country is going “down the tubes” (has anyone ever seen these tubes by the way?) then we should think of scenes like the one I witnessed on Labor Day 2007. America is not going down the tubes…we are not hopeless…scenes like the one I witnessed is testament to this. We are a wonderful group of eclectic people who, at base, like everyone else in the world, just want to live with those we care about and be as happy as we can be. Nothing more…nothing less.
That’s all we want in life right…just to be happy. My challenge to you is to find your motivational mojo…to find those passions in your life and to just be happy!