30 Day Happiness Challenge: Day 29

Meditation

Got in ten minutes at work this morning. I noticed that about seven minutes in (this is mostly a guess) that I felt my mind shift a little. It seemed to become more focused on being quiet. I’ve had this happen before, and I think it is some kind of sweet spot for meditation, where it doesn’t feel so much like a battle to keep my mind clear. It is fleeting, of course, quickly replaced by the struggle of rambling. But I think it means I’m occasionally stretching myself.

Exercise

Another wet day, which meant I had to look for ways to get my exercise indoors. I decided to try to do a yoga session, even if that meant having Theo hassle me the whole time. But, the rain gave us a break when I got home, so we had a chance to do some running through puddles and around the cul-de-sac.

Gratitude

  1. I’m grateful for new windshield wipers. Mine were well worn, rubber flapping and blade streaking, when I replaced them a few weeks ago. They have come in handy while driving through the fat rain we’ve been having.
  2. I’m grateful for the digital picture frame I have at the office. While the photos are somewhat outdated (I think the newest is over a year old) they are lovely and remind me of why I go to work every day. Although, they also remind me of why I would rather be at home (or at least close by) every day.
  3. I’m grateful for puddles and Theo’s joy when he runs through them, pushing various trucks and cars around, making small wakes and bubbles in his path.

Kindness

Sent a message to a friend on Facebook encouraging her to keep sharing herself with the world. She’s funny and talented, and I hope she sees some encouraging successes in her work soon.

Something positive

We got to say hi to a few neighbors while doing all our puddle stomping, and it reminded me that, for the most part,¬†we have pleasant people around us. We hardly know any of them, but they are always nice and make a point to try to talk to Theo (he doesn’t always oblige). Sometimes my frustrations about our house or the HOA make me forget that I enjoy our neighborhood.

So, one day to go. I’m not certain what I’ll do with myself when it’s over.

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