June 6, 2018
“Let go of who you think you are supposed to be and be who you are.”
Sometimes after folks retire and have pretty much finished doing what was on their “things to do” list they slip into the doldrums. It is the ‘what do I do next” syndrome that can often keep people of truly taking advantage of a time in their lives that they are free to be themselves.
Too many of us fall into the trap of thinking that doing something spectacular or that is what someone else thinks we should do is where we will find happiness. When in fact we can find it if we just be ourselves.
I think the best thing we can do is to let ourselves enjoy what we already have. Amy M. Brinton recently provided a list of how we can enjoy our days. I’d like to share it with you for there is a lot to be said for the simple life.
21 Ways to Celebrate Who You Are Right Now
- Spend time with those who uplift and inspire you.
- Make a list of things you like about yourself. (I know this can be hard, but that’s the point. Learn to appreciate your good qualities.)
- Ask your spouse or close friend to list things they appreciate about you. (Getting a trusted outside perspective of ourselves can be incredibly refreshing.)
- Read that book or start that television series you’ve been thinking about.
- Create something beautiful. (For example, try a new project or tidy up a room you enjoy.)
- Write a journal.
- Do something—outside of your norm—that makes you feel happy. Try meeting up with a friend.
- Get in more photos with your children. (Then admire them.)
- Look through old photos/memories. (It can bring the perspective that amidst the stress of life, things really are good.)
- Practice words of affirmation. (Right in the mirror if you need to, or mentally each morning.)
- Take a nap. (Renew yourself.)
- Practice better self-care.
- Take a walk by yourself. (Time in nature alone is a great way to escape those nonessential thoughts.)
- Question your inner critic. (Push those negative voices aside! They speak a lot of untruth.)
- Listen to an uplifting podcast.
- Help someone else. (Some of my best feelings for myself come when I step outside of me. Ironic, huh?)
- Hug someone. (In her book, The Happiness Project, Gretchin Rubin states that a hug lasting at least six seconds releases the happiness hormone oxytocin. Hug someone and feel good about yourself.)
- Day dream about traveling somewhere you long to go.
- Listen to your heart. (What are the good voices telling you?)
- Keep at your dreams. (Don’t quit.)
- Smile more. 🙂
“No other version, no matter how perfect it is, would ever feel better than being your true self.”
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Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even know you left open.
My sister and I are close, and that allows us to be honest with each other. One evening as I prepared for a date, I remarked, “I’m fat.”
“No, you’re not,” she scolded.
“My hair is awful,” I said.
“It’s lovely,” she encouraged.
“I’ve never looked worse,” I whined.
And she said, “Yes, you have.”
“Most of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing”
Three Jewish women get together for lunch. As they are being seated at the restaurant, one takes a deep breath and gives a long, slow “Oy.”
The second takes a deep breath as well and lets out a long, slow “Oy.”
The third takes a deep breath and says impatiently, “Girls, I thought we agreed that we weren’t going to talk about our children.”
“I’m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.”
– e e cummings
She said, my husband went on a sudden business trip, and I accompanied him. It soon became apparent that he could not wrap things up in one day, so his employer put us up for the night in a luxury hotel. We found a convenience store and purchased toothbrushes, a razor and other necessary items.
Finally we entered the lobby of the hotel, each of us toting a brown paper bag filled with supplies. The hotel manager looked us over.
Raising an eyebrow, he intoned haughtily, “Matched luggage?”
“A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s. She changes it more often.”
– Oliver Herford
“According to a recent survey, men say the first thing they notice about a women are their eyes. And women say the first thing they notice about men is they’re a bunch of liars.”
“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.”
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