I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Friday, April 3, 2015

HAWMC 2015 Day #1 & #2 - The Key to Happiness

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” Frederick Keonig

It is April and that means it is time for the annual WEGO Health, Health Activist Writer's Monthly Challenge!  I try to do a majority of the posts every year.  Yesterday's prompt was easy - take a selfie of me showing how excited I am to be writing:
Note that my earrings are heart-shaped, showing my self-love.  I am also excited because I just bought me a ticket to see my favorite musical, Pippin, at the FOX Theatre in downtown Atlanta.  Since I do love myself, I love to be alone with myself and will be attending the show alone.  Some people think that being alone is always lonely, but that is far from true - often times, the best times I have are by myself and the times when I feel the most lonely are when I am surrounded by other people.  It's all a matter of how I feel in the moment - if I am comfortable in my own skin, then I feel pretty happy, even if by myself, but if I feel out of place and awkward in a crowd, then I just want to hide.

Day two asks me what is my key to happiness and the biggest thing that has made a difference in my life is noticing every little thing that brings me pleasure throughout the day.  I have even started using an app called Happier, where I post pictures of what makes me happy as they happen.  It helps keep me aware, grateful and grounded.  Even if I am experiencing a rotten day, I know at some point in the day, there will be something that I will be able to receive with pleasure.  Today, I took many beautiful pictures in my neighborhood, as evidence that Spring is here!  Whoo-Hoo!




Aren't they gorgeous?  I hope they make you happy just looking at them. Maybe if there is still snow where you are, then you can imagine yourself down here in Georgia where the grass is green and the sun is bright.  The sun and Spring weather affect my mood so much, I am feeling much better these days.  Today I stopped and admired the flowers and I am so glad I did!  When I am depressed, nothing gives me pleasure, so I have learned to take my pleasure when I can and like one of my favorite poets, Gerard Manley Hopkins, almost nothing gives me greater pleasure than Spring.

Spring

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –         
   When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;         
   Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush         
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring         
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
   The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush         
   The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush         
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.         

What is all this juice and all this joy?         
   A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,         
   Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,         
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,         
   Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

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