I have this quote hanging in my cubicle at work:
“Almost everything can be taken from a person, but for the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
And I have really been trying to take this sentiment to heart in recent days, weeks, months. It’s also great to read the inspiration from Ashlee Gadd over at Where My Heart Resides whom I don't know face to face, but who always inspires and chooses joy everyday, or my childhood friend Ashley over at Ashley Appreciates.
That’s really what it comes down to – it’s all a choice. Sure, everything might not be perfect in any given day or week, but there are things that are wonderful! And we get the choice to focus on those wonderful things. We get the choice to be happy. So often we look past the positive and choose the negative. The bad days at work. The financial issues. The unhappy, ugly things that make life more stressful. We keep telling ourselves that things will only get better when______. You fill in the blank.
I am guilty of that sentiment all too often, but I really feel like I have been making a better effort not to have those thoughts lately, and just focusing on what is good about right now. Sure, things will probably be easier for us financially in October. Sure, I am still exhausted at the end of every week. But right now, the sun is shining and I get to see some of my best friends this weekend. Right now, I always find the energy to zumba my heart out 2 or 3 times a week, and I get to play softball at 9pm and have it still be warm outside. Right now, I absolutely enjoy my job and even more so the people who I work with. Which make the working 50 hours per week bearable, if not many times actually enjoyable. Right now, I have been able to read nearly 5 books in the last six weeks. (A near miracle for me!) Right now, Chris and I can go to happy hours - or sometimes make our own at home - and go to weeknight movies on a whim. Some nights, I drag myself home after 12 hours of work, teaching and zumba and all I have to do is just veg out on the couch with a glass of wine and catch up on Parenthood and True Blood.
That’s my life right now. And I choose my attitude to be happy. Everyday.
July promises bring trips, concerts, going to the river, friends, family and Harry Potter!!
It’s finally summer people, don’t let it pass you by!