Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
The other day I took the boys, a sack lunch, a ball and a blanket to the park. We walked around the pond, played on the swings and then spent well over an hour soaking up the sun (with SPF 40!) on a blanket. I snapped this shot while lying down and I couldn’t help but observe what happens when I change my perspective on things.
Had I not taken the time to lie down I may have never noticed the view above me. Looking up made me realize that there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It reminded me that there’s only one sun, and even though we are miles apart, we all receive rays from the same source. And it helped me let go of any “to do” lists in my mind because in that moment nothing else mattered but breathing and laughing and being with my little humans.
Sometimes we have to slow way down, even lie down, to see something afresh. And seeing things in a different light, from a totally new perspective, can help us think a new thought. Did you know we think over 60,000 thoughts a day? And I bet many of us are repeating the same old (mostly negative) thoughts. Sometimes the only way to break free of these old thoughts is to stop and take a new look, because there’s always another view.
Your Personal Reflection: Give yourself 5 minutes today to slow down, or even lie down, and notice your thoughts. What are you thinking about? Is it time to think a new thought? Embrace your imperfections and allow yourself to see something in a whole new way.