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Happiness Month_Day Two

Day Two
Three Gratitudes_6/ 63
I'm grateful:
          4_that the drugs I did as a youth never did me any lasting harm despite pushing the edge of the envelope perhaps once too often.
          5_ditto cigarettes which I started stealing from my parents when I was 14 and which I quit 2 ½ decades ago
          6_that I never did take to the drink despite, or because of?? the fact that alcohol played an important role in the interpersonal dynamics between my parents and me.

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One Positive_2/ 21
          While it may not seems so to most of you, it has been unseasonable and unreasonably cold here this winter with plants of all sorts dying that never have before. Generally, I can keep perennials going for several years, but not this winter, they all died. Most importantly, I thought I had lost my rose tree when all its leaves fell off which has never happened before…ever.
          But while out today, I noticed that it is trying to renew itself, all sorts of new leaves are appearing on otherwise bare vines so, I'm cautiously relieved. As a point of comparison though, usually by now it is full of blooms and today, there is not a one.
          Show here in better times, actually about 2 & 1/2 years ago, when the tree does look nice again, I'll post a photograph.
frontyard_1j_after

          I did do one act of kindness, but will not post about it (sometime_yes & sometimes_no) Actually, I think I should change this to something like 'one act of doing the right thing' or something. Maybe tomorrow.
          I did exercise, by working out in the garden for 45 to 60 minutes. I'm one of those people who has trouble exercising if the only thing being done is that I'm exercising. I'll do that, I'm just not happy about it. I want something accomplished and if my having to exercise finally gets me out and working in the garden, well, then...YAY!! is all I have to say about that.
          I did meditate, for only 7 minutes, but today's was a better experience than yesterday in that I meditated into my music (all instrumental all the time...not really, just mostly) and found that to be thoroughly enjoyable.

Nineteen days to go.

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gaeln
Mar. 8th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Glad you are catching up, I've missed you too! I have no idea where I got this, was several months ago, but I am having fun with the format so far. I like how it combines RL with online tasks.

I've told Lauren much of the stupid things I, and friends of mine, did when young and how fortunate I was, and how unfortunate many them weren't, that things ended well. Between her natural inclinations and what I've passed on, she's very against drugs and such, she won't even take aspirin.

We had a few warmer days last week, but the cold weather seems to be back. Lauren tells me it isn't quite as extreme in Santa Cruz as here in San Jose, but is, as your mom has told you, much colder than last year.
shadownyc
Mar. 8th, 2013 11:28 am (UTC)
Your "grateful" could be placed in my own LJ if I was doing this activity. As I read each one it sent a chill down my spine.
gaeln
Mar. 8th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
It frightens me sometimes when I think about the stupid things I did. I was one of the fortunate ones because it all could have ended so differently and did for many that I once knew. Although I have been able to use my experiences to teach Lauren who neither drinks, smokes or even takes aspirin :)

While I am sorry that you related as much as you did to my gratitudes, I'm even more glad that it all ended well for both of us.
flashfly
Mar. 11th, 2013 04:38 am (UTC)
Ditto and amen to Gratitudes #4 & 6.
gaeln
Mar. 11th, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
I freak myself out sometimes when I think about the stupid. I'm glad we came through unscathed.
fansee
Apr. 23rd, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
Day 2
I followed the link to the Examiner article in the comment to your Day 1 post, and it finally sunk in that this is a Happiness Project. All these activities that I see as challenges - meditating, exercising, posting regularly - are supposed to make you happy!! That says two big things about me. 1.) I see life as a series of challenges, and 2.) I'm pretty happy as is so to stay happy all I have to do is keep puttering along.

That also means that striving to be sugar-free for 21 days wouldn't necessarily make me happier. Au contraire, I might be seriously less happy. Although if I succeeded, I'd be stunned and delighted.

FanSee, still pensing.
gaeln
Apr. 26th, 2013 05:47 am (UTC)
Re: Day 2
It's about redirecting your thinking from negative to positive, finding that one thing each day that is a positive helped me, that and the meditation, which I have tried to do before but never succeeded at before.
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