#10DBC Day 2: What makes you feel great?
Years ago I heard a quote that would be perfect here (and I do love quotes). Unfortunately for you, I have never been able to find the real quote and I will not do it justice.
The meaning behind the quote was something like:
“None of us would willingly give up our life for something meaningless, yet we all do it by giving away packets of time every day, whether in seconds, minutes or hours.”
Instead of focusing on how we spend our time on doing things that aren’t meaningful for us, I’m going to flip it and focus on capturing small packets of happiness, joy, bliss, relaxation, energy, excitement, peace, love, belonging, or whatever else calls to you.
First question: Are you getting enough of whatever feeling called out to you?
Taking a wild guess, I’ll say no.
We can expand our experience of any of those feelings. That’s because, feelings are rooted in ourselves and not in the environment. Also, I’m not asking you to float through the day in blissful wonderment. I’m asking that you add moments of whatever makes you feel great to your day.
Second question: Which feeling do you want to increase in frequency during your day?
Third question: When have you felt that feeling before? What were you doing when you felt that feeling? Warning: if you are not feeling that way now, it is more difficult to remember appropriate memories. Just relax and give yourself time.
Fourth question: How you can introduce that feeling/those activities into your everyday life, whether it is the contentment of savouring a great cup of coffee, the feeling of connection while you give and receive a smile from a stranger, or feel love when explaining to a child that they are truly special, and why they are so special to you.
Years ago, I saw a show about terminally ill children. When asked to share their favourite memories, it wasn’t the trips to Disneyland or the grand gestures, it was the small traditions or special occasions spent with people who loved them.
We can have special occasions every day by giving ourselves and those around us meaning by being aware of how we spend our packets of time – our seconds, minutes and hours.
"Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun."
~Don Miguel Ruiz