How to Be Blissfully Happy

Today is a brand new day. Are you as happy as you want to be?

During moments of uncertainty or turmoil it can be very difficult to slow down and enjoy the present moment. I have found myself rushing through activities just so I can cross whatever it is off of my list — but I’m not truly living in the moment and I’m not deciding to be happy. I’m just going through the motions.

But things were happening around me without me truly enjoying them. The baby learned how to walk. I took the pictures and video like a “good mom” but I didn’t have the wonderment and the joy that I would have liked to experience. My older daughter said goodbye to her friends-friends that were so close they felt like siblings. I was there-I again took the pictures-but I was thinking about “getting this done quick” so I could go home to pack.

Pack.

I made a mistake. I’m human, but I’m not comfortable with my decision.

I can choose to spend more of my day in a blissful/thankful/joyful/HAPPY state then in a sourpuss/frowny/nothing is ever good enough state. I am in charge. It’s my choice.

I wish for this for my daughters when they become moms.

I’m not talking about being the Resolve lady who answers from the other room “That’s Okay!” in a sing-songy voice when her kids say they just spilled grape juice on the carpet.

Who in their right mind would do that? She must be on crack. It’s grape juice! Grape juice stains!

But so does yelling and freaking out and getting so mad that you might want to throw things or hit the wall.

Over what?

Juice?

On carpeting.

for reals?

Is that worth it?

But we all do it. We all get so caught up in the moment we lose our cool, our compassion, our quest to be supermom.

So we crack.

These super moms — do they not have dishes to wash, a husband who works too much, kids who act ungrateful and the forever-growing Mt. Washmore in their house? How do they stay so calm?

Or is it just a choice?

Is this the big secret?

To just *decide*?

But I can’t be happy right now. I’m too fat. My house is too disorganized. My kids don’t listen. They don’t sleep, either. I have a deadline at work. My husband doesn’t help. And he’s losing his hair. And he never cuts his toenails. I need new bras. I have too much laundry to do. That lady in the grocery store looked at me funny. I haven’t done the baby’s scrapbook and he’s turning 14 next month.

I’m too busy to be happy right now. It’s not in the cards.

It’s up to you.

You are the boss of you.

You are in charge of every experience you have today and tomorrow.

You are your child(ren)’s best role model.

Choose to have fun today.

Choose to love a stranger today.

Choose to be happy.

Learn more about time management for moms. Stop by Totally Together Journal where you can find out all about simple family chores and how they can help you.

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