We have the ability to choose if we are going to be happy. Granted, it is much easier at times than others to choose happiness, but we do have the ability to do so. I have to remind myself during the hustle and bustle of the holidays that I have the ability to have fun, and the choice to not have fun, and so do you.
I am, overall, a pretty serious person. I do have a silly streak, but it does not come out very often. I am okay with that because that is who I am. But I still like to have fun. What I find so often is, I can be in the middle of a very pleasant activity, yet find myself not having fun. My friend, Linda, has helped me with this specifically during bike rides. We would be riding along, chatting, yet my eyes would be focused on the gravel path before me. Now it is important to keep an eye on the path, but what Linda has taught me is to look up, look around, enjoy the day, feel the breeze on our face, check out the birds, the cliffs on the side of the path, and be a little silly every once in a while.
I do have to say too, that because I tend to be on the serious side, it is fun every once in a while to say something that is uncharacteristic for me and shock everyone. I will not go into any detail, but this happened once when we were on a three-day bike ride. It was a very cold night to camp and somehow the disposable hand warmers made it into my undergarments. It was quite a pleasant experience, both the warmth and the good laugh we had.
Remember to have fun in pleasant situations. This almost sounds silly, but let’s all try to slow down, and enjoy being right where we are. Look around and enjoy the Christmas decorations, the sound of music, people, and depending on where you are, either the warm cozy air or the fresh crisp breeze. Let’s remember to just BE, and ENJOY!
Remember our attitude is our choice when we are in unpleasant situations. First of all, it’s wise to eliminate unpleasant situations, especially if we are already tired and irritable. That might not be the time to go out in heavy traffic or do your Christmas shopping. I know, sometimes we do not have a choice about the traffic, but try to set yourself up for success. And yes, there are those events that you will attend that are simply torture (did I say that?). And shopping with the masses is inevitable. Just remember we have a choice whether to have fun or not. Today I was walking on an indoor track after my workout and an older gentleman passed me (I was tired after my workout, okay?). As he passed by, he made a fun, silly, yet true statement that made me laugh. His silliness and fun was contagious and I really appreciated it. Spreading joy is good medicine for us and those stuck in traffic or in the checkout line with us. Choose Fun!
We are a group of amazing individuals who want to Live Our Best and Give Our Best. We may not know everyone who reads this Blog by name, but we all have one thing in common, we want to continue to grow and live better each day. Living Our Best does take some effort, but it is worth every bit of it and I am so very proud of you for prioritizing it!
Here’s to Being Our Best and Having Fun!
Special Announcement: I am starting to dabble with making short, encouraging videos for you and I threw my first one out on YouTube and social media this week. If you missed it, here it is!
I am practicing up so that I can include some really great videos in your January Goody Bag coming out on Tuesday December 27th. I am going to approach 2017 very different than I did this last year in the hopes of living with more joy. I can’t wait to share more details with you in January!