Friday, July 20, 2018

Have a Good Belly Laugh Today

You know sometimes life is just darn hard!  Yup, I am sure I have started a post or two by using just those words!  And at this point you are wondering what in the world that has to do with creeks, and waterfalls, right?  Well, let me tell you!

I love waterfalls, and creeks, and pretty much just any water moving over rocks!  I love the look of it, the sound of it, the feel of it, and pretty much everything about it.

It just makes me happy to see it!  I also really love waterfalls.  I could watch them forever.  In fact,  some of my top places in the world I would like to see, involve waterfalls.  Like this one - Iguazu Falls

Pretty amazingly beautiful right?   Now compare these two pictures and can you see the difference?  Both of them are shaping the land.  They are creating something spectacularly beautiful in their own way.  But the falls, well they are stunning to me. 

The little falls and creek, has a peace and beauty about it, just gurgling and moving pleasantly along, just like life can and should sometimes, but definitely we all have those waterfalls that are shaping us into something much more grand.  Something that almost seems majestic!  But........... that shaping hurts!  Thus, waterfalls in our lives, even though the end result is beautiful, well, they hurt! 

Learning, growth, success, beauty, anything of value, all has a price to pay, and more often than not, some of that price is a little painful. 

I am not sure what the heck happened today, but it truly seemed like everyone around me was falling over a waterfall.  There was depression, anxiety, anger, sadness, and so many other emotions that I saw in extreme levels this day, it was almost tangible, and I wanted to run and hide from it, afraid it would catch me too, but I didn't, and it didn't.

As I am writing this, there is a crazy lightening / thunderstorm rumbling through the night skies, as if it is also sending me it's emotional trauma.  It's like it is in the air, spreading across the sky, spreading across the chaotic world we live in.  How do we deal with it?  How do we stop it from destroying the person we can become, as we tumble over the rocks, shaping us in a majestic way instead of a destructive way?  How do we do it? 

I have some thoughts.  Start by writing down as many of the positive things you can think of, about your life.  I know, I know, you think you just want to have a pity party for yourself, because you know you have at least SOME good things in you life, you just want to feel sorry for yourself for a little while.  Well........... STOP it!  Don't feel sorry for yourself!  Feel grateful for the things you do have.  Name them one by one if you have to.  Smile at them.  Embrace them.  Make them always come to the forefront of your thoughts.  Do them.  See them.  Make them the important things in life.

Watch yourself as you go through your day.  Figure out what the triggers are that bring you down and make you feel angry, or sad, depressed, worried or anxious.  You may even have to start keeping a journal to find the triggers, and as well, to recognize the good things.  Once you can recognize the triggers that turn your emotions quickly, you can start to avoid the triggers, or at least prepare yourself for them when you know they are coming.

Okay enough of the advice for today, well actually it is the next day now, that I am finishing this post.  It got pretty late last night.  Hopefully today will be a much better happier day for everyone around me.  It is so hard to stay happy and positive, with the grumpiness surrounding me, but I keep going through each day and try, try, try.  Let's see what today throws my way! 

Here is my challenge for today- HAVE A GOOD BELLY LAUGH - at least once today.  Humor, that is real humor, works on your brain.  It really does change your mental state of being.  So go ahead and LAUGH!  Laugh again and again.  Make today a really great day!  


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