Cutting the Grass…

Jane CarrollYesterday…I cut the grass…for the first time in over four years…well…now don’t get excited…the grass has been cut…it just wasn’t me doing it…and…to be honest…I liked it that way…I liked writing a check once a month…and coming home to a neat lawn…without any effort on my part…

So…when I made the decision…in a cost saving measure…to start pushing my own mower…I wasn’t real happy about it…in fact…I was pretty bummed…

Until…Bertha…whispered…it was just a choice I made…

She reminded me that…I was dealing with XYZ dollars a month…and…I got to choose how I spend that…for lawn service…something I could do myself…or…something else…

I simply chose…something else…

She said…it’s always that way…when I say yes to one thing…I’m saying no to something else…and…vice versa…the trick is to do it consciously…to be aware that it is a choice…that takes away the feelings of being a victim…makes me empowered instead…

Well…I have to say…her little pep talk did help…I became un-bummed…and just tackled the grass…honestly…I have a tiny yard…it only took a few minutes…and I did feel totally empowered when I was done…

And then…I remembered the sense of satisfaction I’d gotten when I  mowed myself…not to mention a pretty good workout…and…all bumminess was gone…

Jane…

Happiness…One Choice at a Time…

Happiness-is...-Freedom (1)I love happiness…I mean…who doesn’t…not liking happiness would make you…well…unhappy…and who wants to be unhappy…

That’s why I’m so happy…there’s that word again…to be a part of a happiness revolution of sorts…celebrating the launch of my friend…and bestselling publisher…Linda Joy’s latest book…Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness…it shares intimate transformation stories of 27 amazing women…

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NowBertha…said all this talking about happiness…specifically…choosing happiness…makes her think of a time in my life…when I didn’t really understand just exactly how that worked…

See…I was going through a divorce…and…I was pretty much a basket case…not even a smidgen of happiness to be found

Oh…I wanted to be happy…I wanted to quit crying…BUT…I wanted it to be on my terms…I wanted to be happy reunited with my husband…with our kids…living in our house…well…you get the idea…

Enter…Berthaeven though I didn’t recognize her at the time…some little voice in my head told me…that I couldn’t put conditions on being happy…because I can’t control conditions…

That same little voice…also explained that I couldn’t go from…devastated… to…happy…in one fell swoop…no…it was more like…make a decision that I wanted to be happy…regardless of my marital status…then choose one small thing to be happy about…even if it was what I was having for dinner…then choose another…and…another…and just keep going until…one day…without really thinking about it…I would be happy again…and…I was…and I am…

Now…when I am unhappy about something…Bertha…bellows…no small voice for her…reminding me…to find one tiny…unrelated…thing to be happy about…and…well you know the rest…

Jane…

I certainly hope that you are making the choice to be happy today…and that…you will get a copy of…Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness…to help you along the journey…Click here to grab your copy.