Friday, August 21, 2009

More Happy Week Musings

I have really enjoyed the posts this week from others and I've also enjoyed the challenge of blogging each day, and keeping it all very positive!

Something happened earlier in the week that blindsided me and would seriously affect not only me, but lots of other people that I care about. I instantly went into flight or fight mode and thought about the actions I would need to take immediately and considered the worst case scenario. About an hour later, I went to lunch. I got into my car and turned on the radio which was set to Oprah radio on XM. The wonderfully gravelly voice of Maya Angelou came on right at that moment. She said that it is always best to stay in the moment. If you think ahead and worry about what is going to happen tomorrow, chances are it might not even happen and you waste your energy on things you can't control. She reminded listeners to Stay in the Moment. That was definitely an "aha" moment for me. I have not heard that spot replayed again, so I think the timing was just for me, to get me back in the moment. And while I am not 100% convinced that the threat that bothered me is gone, I am not quite as concerned about it.

The quote below is especially good because it reminds us that you have to have some rain with the sunshine and a little sadness to really appreciate the happy times. So true!

"There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."

- Carl Jung

Finally, I leave you with a clever retro video on happiness.

Watch tomorrow for my final post on Happiness Week - My Top 10 List! :)


Auroras_Garden said...

Kim I hope you guys are OK and all is well. I wish you ONLY the very best for you and your family. I think very highly of you and I wish you could only have bright sunny days every day!

It is SO important to stay in the moment. That is something I have learned years ago in my studies of esoteric stuff and it is one of my toughest challenges sometimes. When I can stay in the moment I am pretty darn happy! Good luck, this skill takes practice but it is SO worth the effort. It really can change your life. If you are not "projecting" a bad future by worrying then only good things can come around!

Miss C said...

I too struggle with staying in the moment. I think you miss a lot of life when you don't remember to focus on the now.

curious girl (lisa) said...

great quote. great photo. I hope all is well.

KimberlyRies said...

Thanks for the compliments on the photos Lisa. My husband took the top one at the Grand Canyon.

Libby and Miss C, you are right about how important it is to stay in the moment and to practice it. I think it's something you have to really make an effort to do!