#SmileforSeptember 🙂 A triple whammy today! It’s drawing near the end of the month, and I am very happy with the results of my little experiment 🙂 I now have a folder on my desktop (almost) filled with images that capture and represent every day of this month, and when I look at them I am transported back to each day and how I was feeling. Thankfully because all the images are positive ones, they all make me smile, but there has also been some lessons learned along the way too. Seeing the images all together also makes me pause and reflect on the month in greater detail, helping me to remember conversations or events that might have slipped past me had I not marked them in some way.
Happiness I am learning takes effort, a constant second by second, minute by minute effort, that from the outside may feel impossible, but when you commit to making that effort and take it second by second, minute by minute, it’s actually not that bad! Choosing a photo or a quote each day to represent a positive aspect of the day has really made a difference I feel. The aim of the exercise was to acknowledge all the good things each day and also to try and stop time flying by as quickly has it had been. I can wholeheartedly say that those aims have been met. I now feel like I was actually there and present for September, rather than just waking up one day and feeling “whoa where did that month go?!” Success 🙂 So will I continue this practice? I think so. Maybe not in as public a way, but I really really like this feeling I have now of “being there” and I would like that to continue for the months to come.
So without further ado, (I really like that word…ado…it’s a fun word to say 🙂 ) here’s what made me smile over the past few days;
Saturday 27th September:
Years and years ago when I was a young nipper I read Shakespeare’s famous line “This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” (You gotta love that Shakespeare, he was the self-help guru of his time! 🙂 ) I have always tried my best to live by those words. I have learned by past experiences that things never seem to work out when you are not being true to yourself, and I am learning that sometimes things don’t work out even when you are true to yourself, but, that it’s much much easier to learn from it and move forwards with your pride, dignity and sense of self firmly in tact, and that makes me smile 🙂
Sunday 28th September:
Technology like everything else in life has it’s good sides and it’s bad sides. One of it’s good sides is the ability to watch tv shows that have already been aired, whenever you want to on the internet 🙂 Because of this I was able to catch up on a show that I had missed and I am glad to report that it both made me laugh and also think, a super combination 🙂
Monday 29th September:
Going back to what I mentioned previously about happiness taking constant and committed effort, it also takes the realization and application of the fact that an awful lot of the time (like 98%) what is truly making us unhappy is ourselves. Our very own thoughts and actions. Yesterday I had the realization that everyday I do things that bring me down. Why? The answer is simple; habit. Knowing this and taking steps to change it are two very different things, and I don’t think it is easy or ever will be easy, but I do think it is worth it. The teeny tiny steps forward, the seemingly insignificant events; those are the things that really make me smile, the big occurrences, well those are just the icing on the cake 🙂
So there you have it. One more day and I will have thirty images that represent thirty smiles this month. I encourage everyone to try it out. There will be days when you don’t feel like it, or when you can’t seem to find anything to smile about, but those are the days when you need it the most, and at the end of the month those are the images that will make you smile the most, because you did it, you made the choice, you put in the effort and, even if it was just for a few seconds, you smiled. 🙂