“Be Happy in the moment, thats enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ~ Mother Teresa
Last week I shared with you tips on how to positively become a whiz at prioritization. So, now that you have your positive priority list in order, lets look at how this process of “doing” can be just as happily satisfying as the actual end result.
We all sleep at night with a to do list in our mind. Even if you are not the list making kind, you do surely make a mental list. Nothing wrong with that. This list can include waking up at a certain time, eating at a certain time, eating a particular breakfast, dropping the kids off to school, responding to a few social calls, paying the bills, work engagements, reading a book…. or yes something as mundane as just doing the dishes. We all have things we need to do in our life. Be it small or big tasks, we all have a pull to do them. These tasks big or small in turn help to make life run smoothly and give you much satisfaction with the end result.
After slogging at a work report, when its praised and wins accolades you feel good about the effort you put into it. After the house is fresh and clean, you look around and feel a sense of clarity and accomplishment. After helping your child with their homework and they doing well in school, you feel so amazingly satisfied. But these are still the big things. And notice, the after completion of a task can be satisfying, but its even more satisfying when you enjoy the getting there too.
For example- You do the dishes to clean the sink and keep dirtiness at bay. But you mostly do it as a chore. The word chore in itself is kind of negative. Dont you think? It makes it out to be such a ‘hard and tiring’ thing you have to do. Sheesh…where is the happiness in that?
Now, doing dishes the happy and joyful way would include you feeling the water on your skin, you noticing the soap bubbles in their beautiful symmetry, you loving the glistening of the shiny water on each dish and most of all you marveling at the sheer clarity of what YOU are creating right there in that moment. Nothing else in that moment of amazing doing the dishes matters. You are completely there, fully present and in that moment. There in lays happiness, contentment and enjoyment.
What if every moment, in every task, on your positive priority list or to-do list was done with this enjoyable attitude and this pure marvel of what you are creating in that very moment? Won’t life become superbly happy and fun? And to top it all, your happiness and satisfaction won’t be dependent on only the end result….it will be with you constantly. No matter what the end result….even if the end result isn’t what you expected, it will still be ok….cause you got there happily and completely satisfied. No feeling of loss or failure will be able to cast a negative shadow on your core happiness.
With this in mind, I too am in the process of creating something beautiful for you ‘my gorgeously beautiful Positive Provocations readers’! And I am so so enjoying the process of it. This will be the first BIG offering from me to you. Ok it might take a while longer…cause hey I’m enjoying the process so much :) More details on this creation in future articles. Stay tuned! :)
So go on now, DO with happiness and fun….Enjoy every and I mean every moment to the fullest. Your happiness and contentment depends on it!
With Immense Love & Gratitude,
Counseling Psychologist/Spiritual Counselor
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