One woman's quest to document all the things that are positive in her life as a reminder that no matter what happens, on a daily basis, there are things to smile about, moments to celebrate, and love to experience!
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.--Matthew 6:34
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds...Philippians 4:9
This week, I was in a rental car that had GPS Navigation. We used it to find a mall and upon arrival, the sweet lady said "You have arrived." I chucked quietly to myself thinking about what a great message that was to hear. "YOU HAVE ARRIVED." We search and search though life only to hear those three words only to find that all that searching is really for naught...it's right in front of you all along, you just need the GPS lady to tell you. I think I needed to hear that at that moment. I've been feeling a bit like I'm chasing my tail and wondering what my purpose in life is. Hearing those three words, kinda made me snap out of my head and give myself a chance to think about all that I've achieved, all the success that I've earned and reflect on the person I've become. I have arrived. Sometimes messages come to us in various ways...on Tuesday night, my message of affirmation and reminder came from the Hertz GPS lady telling me I was at the mall.
Smile: What have I smiled about lately?
Last night I had a lovely evening with a co-worker who took me to a Mexican Restaurant in Laurel, MD, which I have to say, was quite good. Flavors were good...would venture to say that I had a hard time reminding myself that I was not in Texas any more! Dinner talk consisted of discussion on how we can find our passion for life, Pinterest finds, and of course...work. She shared with me a creative concept of 3 words..look for and write down three words that speak to you...like "Smile, Celebrate, Love" or "You have arrived" and how you can use these words to help start a journal, a picture, a poem, etc. Cool concept....love the idea and will start opening my eyes to all the messages that come my way.
Celebrate: What do I celebrate?
I celebrate the Veterans! I honor and respect them and the courage they had to keep this wonderful country I live in safe and secure. I appreciate those that gave their life so that we could be safe and free. I can't imagine doing something so selfless to serve this country and all it's causes. I'm quite humbled that there are people who would truly give their lives for us. So, while I do have the day off tomorrow in celebration, I am taking a few moments to reflect on the reason for the holiday and say thank you to all that have given so much for all us!
Love: What do I love?
I love massages! I traveled home tonight and made an appointment to get a massage shortly after I got home. The poor therapist didn't know what she was getting into when she got me this evening. I've had a knot in my shoulder for about a month that won't go away, so while I wasn't expecting her to work miracles in one quick hour, I was looking for some amount of relief. She did a great job and I feel so much better now--at least until I check my blackberry and see what work I have to do. Ugh...
Thought for the day:
Excellence in one area is the beginning of excellence in another area. Starting today, strive for excellence in all that you do—Robin Sharma
Work. A four letter word that can bring about happiness and stress all at once. I find much satisfaction in my job, and am looking forward to the possibility of new beginnings. I'm truly hoping that I can find greater fulfillment in a new position soon. Fingers are crossed that this all will work out so I can love what I do and not settle for anything less than that!
Smile: What did I smile about? I have friends who take care of me and that makes me smile from ear to ear! After having a dinner party the other night, I mentioned a story in which I was convinced someone had come into my home and left random bubble wrap in my bathroom sink. Not remembering that I had previewed some training DVDs that morning that had bubble wrap around them, I was absolutely convinced that someone had been in my house...and perhaps was still in my house. I told my friends this embarrassing story and so my lovely friends took pity on my and two of them bought me things that will allow me to have some type of light on when coming home to a dark house. I appreciate that they are taking care of me! Glad to know that I have good friends who care so much!
Celebrate: What have I celebrated lately?
It's coming up on year end appraisals and as I consider all that me and my team have accomplished this year, I celebrate the successes we've had. May not have gotten lots of kudos or extra attention, but I know that I've done small things with great work. I'm proud of what we've done and while may not have a lot of appreciation, I know that I've made a difference in my area.
Love: What do I love?
I love that the weather is getting crisper and we can wear sweaters and fun coats. I like this type of cool, and am dreading the freezing temps that we will get in February. I'll worry about that another time, but for now will enjoy the nice breeze, the nice cool mornings and wearing light jackets over cute sweaters! Yea Fall!
Not so happy about the darkness that comes so early these days (we just had the end of daylight savings), but love the nice weather and changing leaves.
Thought for the day: Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." —Mahatma Gandhi