(This post is dated back to the end of February)
Happening in the present. H.I.P.
I have this little tag in my office as a daily reminder to live in the present. On one side it repeats “H.I.P” and the other “happening in the present.” It probably came from a piece of clothing or some candle I bought. Either because I sometimes have a problem with “collecting” (if you want to call it that) random things or because it is important advice. Maybe both. I always try to live in the moment but am not a perfect person, so I forget.
Sometimes I forget because I always have some dream in my mind- some place I want to go, something I want to accomplish. A “dreamer’s” mind sounds cliché but I guess that could be part of it. None of this is to say I am not happy with where I am, nor is it “just a millennial pipe-dreaming” (mom). I just know there is a lot of awesome stuff out there and don’t ever want to limit myself.
I also forget to live in the moment when I’ve a bad night of sleep and wake up to meet a forecast just as dreary as my energy. I could complain and say “I’m so tired. I’m sick of this weather.” But then the rest of my day would be wasted. Plus, it’s really not bad. All of that little stuff changing my usually bright mood just shows how good I have it. That’s when I have to check myself, saying “Sara, life is great.”
I think about all of the people who are at their wits end and would rather live anywhere than in the present. I pray for people who are having a tough time every night when I say my prayers before bed. The mood I started this day with is a reminder in itself to realize what really matters. Our friends, our family, our community. How can we help each other be in a better mood? I really do believe it’s up to us to decide how our day goes. We certainly cannot dictate what happens to us all the time but we can choose how to react to it and I think that can really make a difference in what comes next. Have you had a positive experience at Trinity with someone showing they care about you? Suggestions on how we can boost your mood alongside your own efforts? I’d love to hear.
I just stumbled across this really sweet community called “Words of Women.” The woman who started it originally couldn’t find a publisher or agent for a book so said “okay, I’ll self-publish.” She believes quotes come from real and personal stories and what was on her social media feeds wasn’t showing that. So, she shares these quotes and actual stories with them. Her Instagram and website are now filled with words from women all over. A quote I saw today said “it’s the right decision at that right moment.” That applies to everything I’ve felt up to about 12:30 Monday afternoon. In reference to the dreaming and in changing my mood as well as thinking more about the people around me instead of my pity party invite. Note, I do strongly believe in self-care and appreciating our feelings and moods. I didn’t choose to ignore or hate how I felt, just decided that’s not how my day was going to go. A bit later, the sun came out a bit. I’ll take it.
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. . . take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.”Marcus Aurelius. He gets it.
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