Archives for April 2012

Keep Moving Towards Happiness

Exercise

Mondays. They’re pretty tough. Typically you feel overtired and overwhelmed with the work load that has built up over the weekend. But there is nothing that solves the problems of a Monday better than exercise. It clears your head and gives you a feeling of power and control, something that we often feel is lacking in our lives. It erases guilt for any overindulging you may have done (or plan to do). And most importantly, it makes you feel ALIVE!

I am grateful for the way a simple run makes me feel more alive. I am grateful that I am able to go for a simple run every day of my life. I am grateful for the simple power of putting one foot in front of the other.

This Girl

This girl is the love of my life and has filled up the past nine and half years with so much joy and jubilation that I can’t imagine the days that came before. How boring and bleak those days must have been. How devastatingly dull. But today. Today she is here. Today I hear stories of playground drama and art class achievements. She shows me the joy in simple blessings that are all around us. The sounds of puppies playing, the beauty of a rock and birds landing precariously close to our feet. She sees it all, notices everything and graces me with the opportunity to see the world through her eyes. Her innocent, precocious and hopeful eyes. All that is beautiful in the world comes shining through and I am left speechless. Speechless and blessed.

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

Laughter

Last week I watched¬†Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a documentary focusing on one year in the life of the famous comedianne Joan Rivers. She made an interesting point while being heckled during a show. She had made a joke about Helen Keller being the dream daughter because she couldn’t speak and a man started yelling from the audience saying the joke wasn’t funny because he had a deaf son. It was a sad moment (and could have been terribly awkward for Joan) but she said to the man, yelling from the audience, “We have to laugh at the tragedies in life, it gives them less power over us.” She is right. Laughter is one of the best ways to handle the obstacles that pop up in our path. Joan also showed that even if it is impossible to avoid fear, insecurities and failure, the best way to handle it is to keep moving forward, never give up and always persevere. Joan Rivers is nothing if not tenacious and determined and that is why she is still a star at 77 years old.¬†It is inspiring that even in our darkest days we can find humor.