Pockets of Happiness
Earlier this week I had the chance to walk around outside with my camera to document the snow before the rain arrived and washed it all away. Winter holds a special place in my heart, I love it so but signs of spring are arriving and my, that feels refreshing! Each day more birds are singing and the sun when it is shining feels so nice on my face. There's been a little bit of a warm up every day and later tonight some snow is forecasted. All good.
Last week, my stress levels were higher than usual worrying about various things that quickly were resolved by the end of the week. My daily walks have been hit and miss since Christmas, mainly due to the weather or darkness or bear fear (has he left? dare I hope?).
Frodo and I walked with balmy temperatures in the mid thirties. He was thrilled to be sniffing the neighborhood and I thought all about the pockets of happiness I enjoy that makes life wonderful. Being in the moment on my walk, feeling the breeze and sunshine. Being grateful for the woolen hat I grabbed at the last minute. I was stress free, content and happy.
I want to bottle up all those positive feelings and have them on reserve for those stressful days when I cannot let go of an imminent threat conjured up by my imagination. I'm getting better at dismissing those worries. I've said before that whatever I imagine never comes true. I'm blindsided by the unforeseen! So why do I waste time on 'what ifs'?
The age old question.
Daily I write what I'm thankful for in my journal, this practice resets my attitude and my perceptions. Going for a walk outside clears the cobwebs out of my mind, tires me out physically and gives me peace of mind.
I love winter, but I am looking forward to longer days, nicer walking weather, birds singing and sunshine on my face.