While walking on the magic path in Spain, I did not have a care in the world. Each day, I woke up, packed my stuff, ate food, walked, enjoyed people, basked in nature, and stayed in the moment. Being in a constant state of challenge, physical and mental, forced me to abandon thoughts of yesterday and tomorrow. In a natural manner, worry was purged from my mind.
Upon my return to Boise, I decided to make a cognizant effort to eliminate worry from my life. I came to a simple conclusion that worry and happiness are not good candidates for cohabitation. Worry suffocates the latter. Give it a try…..see if you can worry about something and be happy at the same time. It is like trying to view a beautiful sunset through a pirate’s eye patch.
Is happiness a choice?
A few days ago, I sat down and made a list of the things that are a source of worry in my life. There were eight entries on a large piece of white paper. I quickly determined that five of the eight items were completely beyond my control. Push yourself into the same exercise. Can you really write down more than ten things? How many do you control?
The second half of this exercise if to make a list of gratitude. Here is the stripped down version of the pleasant portion of this exercise.
1. I am alive. 2. I have a roof. 3. Food is abundant. 4. Baby wood ducks swim behind my house. 5. The air conditioner keeps me cool. 6 Stocks are up. 7. I am free of illness. 8. Rob and Leslie are new friends. 9. I am reading three great books. 10. An Olympic athlete passed me on my bike ride to Bogus. 11. I saw Bryce Canyon last week. 12. I am going to Rishikesh at the end of October. 13. Christine took me on a mountain bike ride. 14. Wildflowers are blooming in my backyard. 15. My neighbor is very kind. 16. My book changed my life. 17. Jim took me on a mountain bike ride. 18. My cat is in good hands. 19. Neighbor Bob gave me a copy of his new book. 19. I reconnected with two lovely ladies from the Camino. 20. My website had a record number of hits. 21. I sleep well. 22. I poop well. 23. My neighbors invited me to dinner tonight. 24. I had lunch with Rachael. 25. I heard a great band play downtown. 26. My yard looks great. 27. I saw a heron. 28. Oprah called, not really, just seeing if you read this. 29. My car runs well. 30. I have two new favorite songs. 31. Shameless is on Netflix. 32. My Kindle rocks. 33. A stranger sent an email with her flight reservations to Spain. 34. I have great friends. 35. I have great family. 36. The sun is shining. 37. My Mom is the coolest. 38. I found a new trail. 39. I took a nap. 40. Chocolate Cream puffs are on tonight’s menu. 41. I watched a beautiful movie. 42. Brian met Laurie. 43. The river trees are in full fall colors. 44. I had lunch with Tim. 45. Andrew sent me an email with a story from the 9th grade. 46. My vision is excellent. 47. I am sober. 48. Pomegranates are in season. 49. Honeycrisp apples hit the shelves. 50. My friend Meagan found love. 51. I had a double caramel magnum ice cream bar. 52. Jane became a Facebook friend. 53. My brother is happy. 54. Adele is serenading me as I type. 55. I saw a great inspiring video on Ted Talks. 56. People read my blogs. 57. BSU won this week. 58. I worked out this AM. 59. I smile often. 60. My sprinklers work. 61. I have sprinklers. 62. I have a positive attitude.
I choose to see the unrestricted sunset!