Last week, I read and finished three books. One that I’d started in January, and stopped at page 85, picked up a few times, read a couple of pages, then stopped. The sheer size of 11/22/63 intimidated me, and I felt that Mr King (yes, THAT Mr King) was taking a long time to set up the story, and in our now, now, now culture, I wanted it to move along, I wanted to know what happens next, I wanted to know how it ends, NOW. So, I stopped reading it.
I did a lot of things in the time between then and now, even managing to read over a dozen other books.
Good as many of them were, none made me feel the way 11/22/63 made me feel when I finally finished it. Do you know it? It’s that strange, tingly feeling of saying goodbye to something you wish you didn’t have to. It’s the finality of something – you know the twists and turns, you re-read the ending (am I the only one who re-reads certain paragraphs, and yes, sometimes, the ending), and you go damn, I want to do that again. All over again, and again.
At the same time, I was also shopping online. For more books (obviously), gifts for friends expecting babies, goodies for friends who are having a stressful time because of the holidays. I like giving. It made me feel good, and it made me happy.
I had not felt happier than I did last week. It was like falling in love with something you’d forgotten you loved in the first place. It made me wonder why I didn’t do more of it. Why wasn’t I reading more? Why wasn’t I giving more? (The second question led me to start the Comment To Win An Ad initiative) Why wasn’t I doing things that make me happy all the time?
I don’t do resolutions. It sets me up for unnecessary stress and potential failure. I prefer to focus on one word for the year.
I think I know what my word for 2014 will be. More on that in er, 2014.
What about you? Are you doing what makes you happy? If you’re not, why not? What’s stopping you? Time? Money? Laziness? Haven’t thought about it?
I want you to think about it. I want you to make yourself happy. Being happy is good for you. It has a ripple effect. It spills over to every aspect of your life, and people you love.
It doesn’t have to be big things. Read a book. Spend an extra 5 minutes in the shower. Treat yourself to a manicure. Watch an old movie. Walk the dog. Go for a run. Join your kids in the playground. Eat a cupcake.
Whatever it is, do more of what makes you happy. Life is too short to do otherwise.
Speaking of giving, I shared 5 awesome toys you can buy, that gives back to the community, and those in need/ less fortunate, over at Everyday Family. Be a dear and check out my post? Thank you!
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