I’ve mentioned Soulpancake in the past. The Pep Talk from Kid President is such an incredible thing that it’s tough to watch it and NOT be inspired! I occasionally go back to their YouTube channel and I found this video. I’ll let you watch it for yourself, but suffice to say, this made me extremely happy. I like things that restore my faith in people.
I think crazy dreams and long shots are given less credit than they deserve when it comes to happiness. We need goals, we need plans, and we need dreams. However, the world isn’t always a cheerful place, so a healthy dash of crazy can be a really useful tool when the world is getting you down.
According to Wikipedia a Hail Mary is:
Originally meaning any sort of desperation play, a “Hail Mary” gradually came to denote a long, low-probability pass attempted at the end of a half when a team is too far from the end zone to execute a more conventional play.
I like to always have a few crazy hail mary plans on the go. I still prudently invest the vast majority of my time and effort into logical plans for the future that have a high chance of success, but a bit of me likes the thrill and the adventure of having something else on the go. Perhaps it’s the same thrill that gamblers get? I’m not sure, but it does add a bit of spice to life.
This all came to a head recently as a large number of crazy ideas that I had on the go went from being improbable to just possible. It is intoxicating, exciting and completely terrifying. There’s one crazy plan in particular that might actually happen. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!
Well, it was a long day. On 5 hours of sleep, I dragged myself out of bed to go to a conference for the Canadian Marketing Association. It was worth the lack of sleep – I learned a lot and met some fascinating people. However, it meant that by the time I got home, I was just exhausted.
This has nothing to do with this post, I just love the picture and it relaxes me.
I could have just called it a night, but I still got in a workout. It wasn’t the best workout I’ve ever done, but it was a workout, and I call that a victory.
The happy thought for today is pushing through. When you fight circumstances and forces against you, and you still get something done, that’s a victory. You could easily reach for an excuse, and very few people would call you on it. But it would be an excuse.
So, salute those people around you who fight through the excuses and still get things done. They might not be working at 100%, but they haven’t stopped.
It’s fun when you randomly run across the advice you need on how to live your life.
Too often we rush, cut corners, and (unintentionally) step on toes.
In the midst of a busy, busy world, the person who is kind, considerate and generous is the one who sticks out.
Give to others, without an expectation of reward, and you might be surprised at how much reward you get. It’s the most productive kind of selfishness – the selfless kind. if we all stick up for each other, we all move forward.
My happy thought for today is being considerate and safe. It’s not a white-knuckled thought for the day, but it sure does feel simple enough to do easily.
There’s an amazing sensation in the air when you turn a metaphorical corner in life and when things start to get done. I like to call it a “Wednesday Feeling”.
Wednesday is the day that you know your week is half over, and you’re almost at the weekend. It’s the Humpday, and once you’re over the hump, it’s all downhill (in a good way).
For the last week or so, I’ve been having a Wednesday feeling. It started slowly, but now I’m feeling it more and more as I start to feel the benefits of time and energy I’ve invested earlier. You never really feel like you’re coming out of a rut until you see the sunlight over the edge!
So, my happy thought of the day is when life feels like a Wednesday! I hope your life is feeling like a Wednesday or better!
I have to say, Spring seems to have arrived at exactly the right time for me. I was in a bit of a gloomy space, and the weather in the recent past hadn’t helped that much. However, spring came right when my life switched into a higher gear. Things are happening, and it kinda blows my mind.
Take, for example, the fact that I put together a Windows 8 app last night. Yes, I’m actually a registered Windows 8 developer now. That says nothing about my skill level, but the fact that I put one together, even with a tool that did most of the work, is rather surprising to me. I never pictured myself as a developer of any sort, but it seems that the world is challenging that view of myself and proving that even in my 30s this old dog can learn new tricks.
So, my happy thought for today is the idea that our ideas of what we are capable of can be proven wrong. The world is more open to us than we think, and while that can be a little bit terrifying, it is also tremendously exciting.
Well, the craziness that has kept me on my toes lately hasn’t lightened up much, but I’m taking comfort in one fact – the universe has a sense of humour.
Today had moments of such bizarre activity around me that I couldn’t help but to laugh. Laughter is healing and incredibly stress relieving, so as weird as life still is, I feel a lot better.
I think it’s too easy for some people to get wrapped up in the seriousness of situations. I don’t mean to make light of problems or stressful situations, but the universe is an incredibly bizarre place. Sometimes, if you can take a different viewpoint for a moment, you realize how incredibly funny it can be. That momentary alignment with the humour of the universe can do a world of good for your mind and your soul.
This might just be back-seat philosophizing by a former stand-up comedian, but I rather think that being in touch with the humour of the universe is why some of the incredibly wise people like the Dalai Lama are always smiling. It’s something I aspire to in a way.
Well, even if the world is still weird, at least it’s weird in a funny way for me. What’s keeping you smiling or laughing lately?
In case it wasn’t abundantly clear in my happy thoughts list from yesterday, I am on a long weekend.
Today I had the absolute luxury of digging into things around the house. House cleaning takes time, and often I find that I only have the time to do a surface clean of the house. Everything still gets clean, but there’s something satisfying to moving furniture and re-arranging rooms. It’s the feeling you get when you have the chance to sink your teeth into a challenge and not just touch upon it.
I love getting time to deal with things the way I truly want to deal with them. It’s a luxury, and one I’m shamelessly enjoying this weekend.