“How we feel about ourselves, the joy we get from living, ultimately depends directly on how the mind filters and interprets everyday experiences. Whether we are happy depends on inner harmony, not on the controls we are able to exert over the great forces of the universe.”
– Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
As the New Year begins again, we all set out to live life in a different manner. Some of us expect to lose those pounds that have built up over the years. Others plan to become healthier by quitting habits that are not good for us--like smoking, coffee, drugs, alcohol. I myself decided that this would be the year I really tried to appreciate the things around me. I vowed--I will not let the little things bother me. I will stop and smell the flowers, let the rain fall on my face and watch the world for signs of hope and love and grace.
Some days I almost succeed. Other days, like all the days this week, I have allowed circumstances beyond my control to have an effect on my
outlook on life and guess what---I allowed it to happen.
For a fraction of a moment--which is all it take--I glanced from positive to negative,
from contentment to dis-something. I allowed my expectations to color my outlook on life.
Why you might ask?
I get busy.
I get all wrapped up in my little world and my plans
and when someone interrupts---
it is as if they actually took a moment when I wasn't looking and someone or something
peed in my cornflakes---truth is----only we have control of our own cornflake bowl.
The past few weeks have been difficult for me.
Difficult in terms of being busy,
difficult in that circumstances beyond my control
have played havoc on my emotions allowing worry to sneak into my pretty little world.
Work--well new year comes---so has everyone else and they have showed up in my office playing havoc on my ability to control the flow or my day.
see when I lose control
that's when I start to see the pee in my cornflake bowl.
if I would learn to go with the flow a bit more,
let go of the ropes that try to keep everything in line,
allow life to unfold and experience it
one second at a time
live it on my own terms of choosing happiness
free of pee.
let's hope so anyway...
I will try
how about you.