This sign is hung in the guest room of our lake house beckoning people to look within. I mean if you can’t be happy at the lake, where can you be happy? Alright, well it is Clearlake, California where the water is green on hot summer days because it is a natural lake which comes with the territory. Yes, there are bugs and bats and everything else that comes with outdoor life right?! Can I get an Amen?!
So, don’t bring your favorite suit unless you love chartreuse. Wear sun screen and a hat. Use insect spray if you must but the bats control the bugs and mostly they want nothing to do with you either, so relax.
We all know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Albert Einstein got that right and yet all of these years later we continue on this merry ground.
So in the case of the sign:
- Are you happy? If yes,
A) Go jump in the lake, enjoy the algea bath or Kayak. You can either tie up and Jump in where the water is clear …well almost, Or just Kayak.
B) Take a hike: There are so many beautiful mountains and trails.
C) Go fishing off the pier.
D) Go to Green Lake which is about 40 minutes from there and the water is actually clear. Who named these lakes anyway? Strange!
E) Play bags outside Or bocce ball.
F) Go skiing or wake surfing or boarding.
G) Go wine tasting; outdoor distance tasting is open.
H) Read a book or watch a movie.
If this isn’t a full line up of activities, I don’t know what Is!
2) Or as in the case of the sign, If you’re not happy, change something. LEAVE. You don’t do us any favors by sticking around and we’d rather not hear your commentary or complaints at a place we love. Green blood courses through our veins. HA HA! Look, there are plenty of beautiful freezing lakes so pack it up and go elsewhere. You won’t offend us, PROMISE!
In general in life, we are about as happy as we make our mind up to be. I actually like to change the word from happy to satisfied since the word happy conjures up an image in our minds of something outside of ourselves. No guys, everyday isn’t Disneyland damn it and seeing through rose colored glasses. Let’s face it, these days, it’s looking at the same 4 walls and making the most of each day to find moments that fill our souls. Being satisfied is where true happiness stems from and creates internal gratification.
We often look to others to make us happy and fill a void inside and when we don’t find that is working we either get angry, sad or lonely. Then we blame the outside world for our unhappiness. So, it’s our job everyday to look inside and follow our intuition and messages to create internal satisfaction. Yep, that’s right happiness is an inside job. Imagine that. Well you can blame others and get into entanglements and fuss and fight but it’s so much energy and high drama, why bother, unless you love soap opera’s. I’ve always said, I didn’t need to watch any since growing up was a constant drama. Try not to let everyday triggers get to you when a loved one spouts off. That’s their problem; really it is, so don’t take everything so personally. Easier said than done, do I ever know.
So what would make you truly happy?
For me it’s generally:
- Starting my day in meditation
- Stretching, Yoga and Qigong or Tai Chi (or all if I have time).
- A hug from my humans and furry friends
- Seeing all of you on our blogs with my cup of coffee in hand.
- Checking emails
- Seeing clients/friends
- Hiking with my dogs
- Strength training or dancing
- Drumming or strumming a few songs
- Having dinner and catching up with my family at the end of the day
- Maybe a movie or reading a book
Just remember everyday is a new opportunity and you have the right to change your mind and attitude. Jump off the insanity wheel, change things up if you need to but don’t expect a different result if you do the same thing.
Be well and have a great rest of the week and weekend and see you next week.
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