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Appreciating the good stuff

It’s a gorgeous spring day and I’m sitting out in our backyard with my tablet thinking about writing something but nothing’s happening. Not in the writing department anyway. Our two dogs are having a wonderful time checking out their new four-footed neighbors, chasing each other, and just lying in the grass munching on sticks. They seem pretty happy.
Rascal & Sophie

I’m enjoying the gentle breeze, lack of humidity and bugs, and my new wind chime. I’m pretty happy, too. Writing about sickness just doesn’t seem right on a day like today, so I won’t!

Last week I made a change to my exercise classes and we’re now finishing them with sharing something that we feel happy about – either something that has happened, or something that is going to happen. I’d been hearing a lot about depression and anxiety recently and because they both lead to stress, and we all know stress isn’t good for us, I thought it might be helpful to remember the good things that happen in our lives.
If you are depressed, you live in the past. If you are anxious, you live in the future. But, if you are at peace, you live in the present. Lao Tzu

We’ve had a variety of answers to our happy question, from family coming to visit, to good things that happened as a result of something unpleasant (silver lining observations), but this one was in keeping with our theme:
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why we call it the present.

So far, I think people are enjoying sharing happy things with each other. I’m hoping that in between classes, when they’re feeling down about something they’ll remember the good stuff.
This is a bus stop in Montreal
Patients are people, too!

Are you familiar with the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff?”
How about we turn that around by appreciating the good stuff?


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