So this week didn’t go at all like I planned. I had a great post on self-care and even planned a Live video in my Essentials for Living a High Vibe FB group to show you what’s in my Off-Day Kit. But the Universe had other plans.
Like I had to make the heartbreaking decision to let my senior dog go. Thank goodness my husband and I are such a good team because having discussed the inevitable ahead of time made the process not easy, but bearable. My precious Kodi girl had a bad health episode a couple months ago and we nursed her through it, but the vet warned we could expect a repeat in the future. Our Alaskan Malamute was almost 13 years old, had progressive arthritis, among other old dog issues, and well, no one lives forever. So, we sat down and talked about it several times over the last two months. So when Kodi fell ill again this past Sunday, we were prepared, although anxious. I still held out hope we could nurse her through this.
Unfortunately, things didn't work out the w…
I’ve been working on shifting my perspective on negativity and complaining. Overall, I’ve been avoiding anything and everything angry lately, especially in the toxic political arena. But I have become aware of my own negativity in my efforts to be positive. Is it possible that my own negativity is influencing the way I perceive? Absolutely! Because we see things as we are, not as they are. So I asked myself how can I see things differently? How can I change my negative perception of the toxic atmosphere around politics? And even and especially the people presenting the negativity? So far here’s what I’ve come up with: Human beings are wired to be negative. Yes, we are. We are wired to worry and to project and to assume the worst. Why am I so sure? Because the earliest humans who assumed the noise in the bush was a long-toothed hungry tiger got the heck out of there and survived. The easy going fellow who laughed it off was eaten. So even if the overly worried and anxious guy was wrong…
So, I wanted to clear this up: I am NOT happy and blissful ALL the time. Not by a long shot. Someone asked me that the other day and I spit out my latte as I laughed out loud. (We were both damp and smelled of sour milk and Sudanese coffee the rest of the day.) You, my tribemates, know this. You have walked alongside me and listened to me kvetch and complain. Ad nauseam.
You have sopped up my tears as I sobbed unintelligible words over failed ventures and disappointing book sales.
I could go on, but I value our time.
Here's the gist: we CAN'T be happy all the time. It would be exhausting, for one thing. Happy is a high energy emotion, that usually involves excitement and physical activity. Happy all the time would turn to delirium.
And really, what I think we mean when we say we want to be happy all the time is we don't want to feel bad all the time. Right?
And really, this is GOOD thing. Why? Because you're off the hook! You are not doing anything wrong if you're…