Brian Tracy said, “The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person.”
Tell us three times this week that you were kind to others by being joyful.
1) Going with family and friends to see latest James Bond, Skyfall.
2) Shopping for babyclothes and visiting a friend with a new baby, gorgeous little Anouk.
3) Cooking chocolate chip cookies and orange/yoghurt cake with Minion No.2 for a dear friend and her brood of 4 small monsters.
Brian Tracy on audio sounds like such a dweeby guy, but he’s actually pretty wise. I love that quote and am going to print it out. For me It means I don’t feel guilt about doing whatever it takes to get happy. I need to remind myself of that all the time!
1) snuggling up on our new man cave couches with the tacky movie cup holders and just enjoying the heck out of the electric recline–that made my men so happy!
2) clapping madly for Sherrilyn Kenyon, who always ends her speeches with a sincere spreading of love through the room
3) meeting wonderful people at the Southern Magic luncheon, readers (some of whom came with their husbands) who are just lovers of romance and deserve good books to read
1) my son on Long Island is okay, and very involved in his college’s efforts to help their community. I raised a mensch.
2) my local RWA chapter meeting yesterday. The support and energy of that group delights me beyond words.
3) Dinner with my besties last night. The sisters of my soul.
Sitting on the dock last Monday morning, meditating on the astonishing beauty of Cayuga Lake and the last of the autumn leaves.
Getting on the last plane out of Ithaca before the hurricane.
Having a giant vegetarian feast at a really good veg restaurant with Christopher Robin, to celebrate eight years of togetherness.
1. Talking to the man in North Dakota who doesn’t go to the Lutefisk feed because, y’know, he isn’t Norwegian, but he’s looking forward to the Spaghetti feed at the Rotary Club. I told him I wouldn’t go to the Lutefisk Feed either, and he was pleased to hear it.
2. The squirrel I accidentally hit on the head when I was tossing him a walnut, but who was SO DELIGHTED to get it.
3. The little weeping boy in the line at Costco whose mood was improved tenfold when I gave him one of the matchbox cars I keep in my purse for just that reason.
Actually, in case 1 it was sharing a prejudice; in case 2 it was sharing a walnut; and in case 3 it was sharing a matchbox car that made someone happy, but really, their joy made ME happy, so does that count?
Sharing that brings joy to the giver as well as the receiver always counts.
Totally with you on the Lutefisk feed. Here’s a description “It is gelatinous in texture, and has an extremely strong, pungent odor. Its name literally means “lye fish.”" Definitely something you have to grow up eating. Nothing against the Norwegians, Swedes, Finns or Danes; they have other foods that I enjoy.
Digging my way out of the funk I’ve been in this week was great and it was mostly related to doing fun, creative things instead of chores:
1) making time to patch the knees of my son’s jeans. He was resigned to wear them until we further embellished them with monster fangs and faces and now he actively looks for that pair
2) upcycling an old jean jacket of mine with some ripping and red dye – cute!
3) running across a fantastic Middle Eastern restaurant after my daughter’s soccer game and eating a huge felafel sandwich. YUM!
Oh yes – and scooping up a cedar lined trunk at an estate sale for $5 wasn’t a bad thing either
1) Sharing daily gratitude with friends and family on Facebook and my blog. It’s spreading! Considering that so many people I love are dealing with the aftermath of Sandy, if they experience even a few moments of respite, that’s good!
2) Friday night a friend and I watched friends, co-workers and neighbors in the community theater’s annual fundraiser performance. I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. Cheered loudly too.
3) Lately I feel great joy every time I exercise. Such a wonderful change in spirit and physical ability since last year.
I just don’t interact with many people in person right now, so my joy doesn’t get spread around much except sometimes over the interwebz.
Really excellent therapy on Monday that I shared on my blog — and some others said I’d given them things to think about!
Watching Castle and chatting with my friends — definitely sharing the joy. And it was such a stressful episode that sharing that helped, too!
Making a friend laugh over IM when he was in a kind of ‘meh” mood.
Totally agree with you about the Castle episode. This week should be better. Love watching it with my “tweeps.”
It has been a challenging week on too many levels to count. However, there can always be moments of happiness.
1) Going through the Haunted House with my 11 year old niece for the first time. Yep, I had a human star fish stuck to my back through the whole thing and then the minute we got out? “Let’s do it again!” It still makes me giggle.
2) Seeing all of my brother and sister-in-law’s friends and their kids on Halloween. This is the 10th year of sharing that holiday and watching those children grow up is such a pleasure.
3) Calling on Friday for a mammogram appointment and actually getting one for Saturday morning because of a cancellation. Not having to pay $100+ dollars as my co-pay because of changes in the insurance laws and then because it was Saturday not having to pay for parking either. WOO-HOO!
1) A month of gratitude on FB – not only writing mine, but seeing all those things, small and large, that other people are grateful for.
2) Seeing Krissie’s book hit #3 on Kindle Bestsellers, and thinking of all the people who are going to be happy to have discovered a fabulous new author.
3) Buying walking boots and making restaurant reservations for Paris – it’s becoming more real every day!
Hurricane Sandy caused my flight to be canceled extending my stay with family so I was a pretty happy girl this week.
1. Cooking dinner for my family so when everyone got home from work there was a hot dinner on the table waiting for them. It really made me happy to be able to do that for them since my mom and dad work so hard.
2. Handing out candy to trick or treaters with my best friend. We never get to see each other so it was nice to have a casual night to hang out and laugh.
3. Election Day is almost here and it feels good to be out knocking doors and reminding people to vote to make sure my guys get re-elected. Also the team I’m working with is positive, talented and fun. I’m having fun while working my butt off!
Oh and one more- the family that is opening their home to me while I’m doing get out the vote work is super nice and welcoming. They have provided such a comforting place for me to get a few hours sleep each night. That makes me super happy!
I took my 3 grandsons to the movies yesterday. It was a cold gray day so perfect for sitting inside with 3D glasses on. The hugs and thanks I got afterwards made me happy. Their laughter with “bathroom” humor made me laugh.
Stopped on my way home to see my FIL @ the nursing home. I have been bringing apples to share with him and it makes me feel good to see him enjoy something instead of always complaining.
I was kinder to myself this week. I stopped feeling bad about the things I am not getting done and enjoyed the things I did do. I’m going to try to make this a habit
1) Got my glasses back (2nd try) and the prescription is finally right. Though I overrode the doc and ordered them not to put in the bifocal. And the frames look good so I’m happy.
2) Ordering stuff for Kiddo for Christmas that I know she’s going to love. Cannot wait to see her face but for now the anticipation is enough to fill me with joy.
3) Ordered myself a Kindle. My birthday is Dec 31 and that’s the week it should arrive according to the email so happy birthday to me!
Put seeds back in the bird feeder, and moved the feeder closer to my porch window, so I can see the little ones scarfing up the sunflower seeds while seated in the sun.
Read “Frederica” by Georgette Heyer, and it’s just as good as I remember.
Getting ready for a visit from a dear friend, haven’t seen her since Thanksgiving, and she’s never seen the new house. Must vacuum!
My Princess Merida’s face when I showed her my Queen ELinor costume. I didn’t think I was going to get one done, but y’all are crafty, and I decided that I could be too.
I had a bigger “Mah Baybee!” moment at my kindergartener’s Halloween parade than I did the first day of school. We put her hair in curlers and it came out perfect. I have a blurry picture of her in full Merida posture and face. I love it.
My Little dressed as Dora for her preschool party, and she was adorable. But then she went as a bat for Halloween, and she may have been even cuter. And every time she said “tankooo” I got a hit of happy. Oh, that kid.
Plus I have a really good group of freinds, and we had fun walking the kids around. And one of the houses gave us wine as our treat.
Non-Halloween happy – made oatmeal pumpkin pancakes with kale scramled eggs for breakfast this morning. DOing brunch right, baby.
1 – My 43rd birthday party last weekend. My husband did the whole thing – invited my family over, cooked, made dessert. It was so much fun.
1.5 – My cousin heroically bringing her two small kids (9 months and 3 1/2 yo) to my party by herself (b/c their dad is on bed rest with a bad back and she didn’t want to cancel). And we had such a good time together.
1.75 – DH asked everyone to bring in a memory of me. Most of my family shared sweet ones, and then my dad brought down the house with a story about my 11 yo self on a family cross-country ski outing that ended with me declaring “I want my tombstone to read ‘She died trying to please her family.’”
2 – amazingly beautiful sunrises over Lake Michigan and huge, huge waves this week
3 – saw Cloud Atlas last night with a group and had as much fun talking about it afterwards as we did watching it.
“she died trying to please her family” – I love it!!
finding someone to embroider names on Christmas stockings I made for our other daughters family
Doing a favor for a friend
church and out to eat with best friends
bonus: This is a Red Letter day-a day I do not have to lave the house. Makes me happy
I went for philosophy lectures and tried to apply in my life when dealing with people.
When a friend asked to join me when I expressed plan to shop for a dress, I said yes, even though I was on a time crunch. We laughed a lot and I still didn’t go over time I’d allotted. It helped that she drove to meet me at mall!
I bought 2 dresses. Got the mother’s opinion and will return one. Mother is pleased I bought *something*!!
1) Kept The Prince’s spirits up as he slogged through the last few scenes of his WIP. Example via IM:
Me: I heard that sigh. Big hugs my love.
Him: That was dialog. Sorry.
Me: [insert link to English bulldog puppies]
2) Did a ‘Kermit flail meets Snoopy dance’ with The Prince to celebrate when he typed THE END.
3) Busted through my pre-NaNo funk to a whole new first act, and a MUCH better ending. Plus I figured out how to squish all the necessaries into the middle so it doesn’t sag, and that got The Prince right out of his chair hollering because I’m finally able to write again.
Yay for being able to write again!!!!
Took the chairs over to son’s house yesterday in the torrential rains, so they could set up for Little One’s first birthday party today. He said bring them when you come to the party. Big “thanks, Mom!”
Buying Little One’s Christmas present yesterday. A baby doll. I will make a little quilt and the bedding for a cradle. It made me happy as I remembered my Mom making the same things for me when I was a child.
Seeing the joy on Little One’s face when she spotted us at the day care. She laughed and was so delighted to see us. Joy unspeakable. All about the grand-daughter this week.
Bonus happy: – encouraging a friend with the meaning of her name – “Loved One” and how much I love her and value her friendship.
I’m helping someone out with their wedding bouquets etc. I’m digging deep into my past as a florist. Surprisingly joyful about this.
My youngest daughter has had an opportunity to move closer to her work, to a better suburb with her cousin. A shorter commute will add to her joy hence increasing my happy.
Caught in the happy joy continuum I’m helping her pack today. Considering she’s moving with a light heart it will be great to spend time with her.
I cooked a vege chilli for a friend the other night. We had a good time eating, drinking and laughing. I had enough to take down for Dad for his work lunch. Salad, chili, natural yoghurt all packed and ready for him to easily consume. Bonus points from one pot of chilli.
Heck I’m on a roll, I also started painting again. Not walls, canvas. Need to buy more canvases as ideas are falling out needing a surface to live
1) finally discovering a country music channel on the internet so I can listen to all my favorites while I’m doing stuff in my office
2) watching one of the best movies evah with my husband last night (no, it wasn’t Skyfall but that French movie about the quadruplegic and his unconventional male nurse – no idea what the English title is)
3) we had a baptism at church today with a potluck lunch afterwards, and as ususal, the best time was afterwards in the kitchen doing the dishes with a small group of volunteers
1. A parent telling me that at school they asked the kids what they liked best about Halloween, and his son said coming to my (very decorated)house!!!
2. Took all the decorations down myself in 2.5 hours
3. Particularly appreciating my husband and the even keel of our relationship.
Heat, hot showers, being able to do laundry and refrigerate food and cook, and watch tv, and access the internet, and charge my various devices. Our power came on today after being out for six days, and I did a happy dance around the room when it came on.
-my husband can still make me laugh
-my son had a great halloween day and he repeatedly told me how wonderful his day was
-an editor asked to see a full manuscript; different editor and manuscraipt than a couple of weeks ago
-10,000 plus words for NaNo. go me!
-five year old boy giggling uncontrollably while wearing an enormous fake mustache that we got in the after halloween sale bin.
Times when I was happy in a way that was kind to someone else? Hmmmm, I think I’m a bit low on those.
Making sense of some complicated legal stuff at work. I was pleased with myself for figuring it out, and the person I was doing it for appreciated it.
Making DH lunch at the weekend. Yummy sandwiches made us both happy.
Swapping silly texts this morning. I’m grinning about them and I think he is too.
I know this is technically work/writing related but I got to hear the first 15 minutes of my first novel’s audio file. I grinned the whole time. The actress did such a good job that even my awkward first novel sounded wonderful.
This is probably going to sound odd. My youngest fractured her wrist in gym class this week. That’s not what gave me joy. But the orthopedic surgeon who explained the xrays to us was so warm and kind to my baby – and me – that I think I’ve got a huge crush on him now. Why should kindness surprise me? That small interaction made me very happy. When he shook my hand my hand was small inside his – amazing.
Listening to Sandy rage around the house at the beginning of the week but having no damage to the house when we woke the next morning. And our power stayed on! That never happens during storms here in the boonies. A lot of good things happened this week.
1. Went as slutty Shaun of the Dead to a party on Friday and wore my red heels (had some red on me. ;P). There should be more red heels in every woman’s life I think.
2. Taking my nephew trick-or-treating which has sort of become a special nephew/auntie bonding night for us
3. FINALLY got to do my Luke Skywalker on Dagobah costume Tuesday night. Yoda was my date.
It was a pretty good week, but taking my daugher back to Sapporo yesterday was so good — my two girls consented to a mini-detour, so we went shopping, then went to check out that Stonehenge and Easter Island statuary I talked about a couple of weeks ago. (-: Absolutely shocking — we were all amazed, and there was a giant Buddha that I didn’t see from the road. It was raining, so we didn’t get out.
But it was raining so we saw a fantastic rainbow!
And the outdoor baths were still open — yesterday was the last day of the season. Beautiful fall foilage reflected in our still, hot, steaming pools.
What a nice way to spend a Sunday!
1) I joyfully picked up my son from a week long camp. I was very happy that he made it through the week and we didn’t have to go pick him up early.
2) Having those children still living with me all home for dinner on Saturday. The lively discussion is always fun!
3)Going to the pub with my hubby just because.
Some of the letters in the old keyboard had warn off, totally.
DH bought me a new kick-ass keyboard and mouse.
I opened the box and laughed. It’s a gaming board. At the top it says Call of Duty MW3. Whoohoo!!! that made me laugh.
It’s great for me because the keys are a little larger, (my hands aren’t small) I can work with far less typos
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