This morning I saw an article on-line describing the need to lock down another military base (Andrews this time) due to the danger of a shooter on the loose. I also saw an article describing air strikes that have temporarily stopped ISIS as well as an article that predicts the downward spiral of the global economy related to the crisis of the European Union and Great Britain. One can even find articles warning about the dangers of global warming or how our planet is in imminent danger of destructing from meteors or other objects from outer space. The news is just full of heart-wrenching stories and photos about the negativity surrounding us and the coming of the end of the world. But good news is out there as well. It just tends to be over-shadowed by the drama that surrounds the negative news.
I believe it is possible to have a positive effect on your own small corner of the world. And maybe even the larger world beyond your own community. It all starts with attitude. Our motto at The Simple Heart of Life blog and herb shop is ‘celebrating the simple pleasures of life.’ This short little phrase is actually anything but simple. It emphasizes the importance of celebrating and indulging in the small pleasures that make your own heart sing. By learning to care for yourself, fulfilling your own needs and appreciating what is within your reach, you can have a dramatic shift in attitude. A shift that can ultimately fill you with joy, the desire to make a difference and be a more positive influence on others and your environment.
As a trained Social Worker who has spent nearly 30 years helping and listening to the stories of others, I can tell you that it IS possible to make this shift. And it is easier than you might think. Start by making a list of 10 things that you really love to do ‘that make your heart sing.’ Everyday do 1 thing from the list. Just one thing. Try to give yourself uninterrupted time to really participate in the favored activity. If you do this every day, it will eventually become a greatly anticipated part of your day. (And you will wonder why it took you so long to begin doing this 🙂
For some of us, the problem is compounded by the lack of knowledge about what we actually like. Many of us (especially women) are codependents who have spent our entire lives caring for and focusing on others. We can tell you what makes our children, spouses, neighbors, co-workers, etc., happy but haven’t a clue about ourselves. Did you know it is never too late to find out? Start looking around your home and your environment. Are there things you really love or things you just tolerate but don’t really care about? What about your job. Do you go to work everyday ready to take on the next project, or do you dread going to work with every part of your being? When was the last time you laughed from deep within your belly? Or cackled just because you could? There is a popular poem that describes an old woman who will defy society and wear purple. I love this poem as it sums up the importance of doing what you love and not what society thinks you should do. (I am still working on how much I will shine as I age…) If you are interested in more information, there is an entire series of books by Sarah Ban Breathnach, beginning with Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, to accompany you on your journey. ‘Simple Abundance’ includes short stories and meditations for every day of the year. Great for those who have limited time.
Our herb shop can also help. We offer hands-on classes several times a month that provide an opportunity to explore herbs and gardening and to share your interests with others. A schedule of our summer workshops can be found on our blog and The Simple Heart of Life Facebook page or we will gladly send you a hard copy brochure through the mail. Just post a request below along with your address.
To summarize, I wanted to leave you with just a few of the things that make my heart sing. Hopefully, it will inspire you to start working on your own list.
1. Living in America. Happy Birthday to the greatest country on Earth!
2. My hubby Jim. (see the above picture)
3. Butterflies, herbs and flowers….