Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy is Where I Live (+ M Starts Swim Lessons)

Hey, my peeps.  Just wanted to pop in for a minute today.

I got a little treasure off Amazon last night that sparked a little self-reflection. I downloaded 365 Days of Happiness: Inspirational Quotes to Live By, which is currently free.  (Go get it before it goes back to $5.99.)

I think I do a pretty good job of recording certain things on my little blog, but I could probably do a better job of showing who *I* am -- not just as a wife or mother or teacher. After all, one of the reasons this blog exists is so that if something were to happen to me, my children can know who their mother was long after memories have faded.  I also enjoy going back and discovering how much I've grown over the years.  This blog will be five years old in November, so I've got years of  journal-like entries that I sometimes go back and read (and yes, cringe).

Anyhoo, this book I downloaded last night is a little piece of happy for me (no pun intended) because it is based on something I value tremendously:  HAPPINESS.  I just went through the first few pages nodding my head because there are so many quotes that I "get."

If you know me in real life, then you know I smile a lot.  If I'm not smiling, chances are I'm smiling inside.  And it's natural.  Some kinda weird personality trait, I believe.

This is NOT because my life is perfect.  It's NOT.  My marriage is not perfect.  My child misbehaves.  I fail.  I make mistakes.  I really struggle in certain areas of my life.

But I've been blessed with the constant ability to see the glass half full.  To see the joy in everything. To automatically know there's a rainbow after every storm.  To trust in God when the tough gets going, and know that rejection or disappointment is His way of showing me what is not for me.

He has done some amazing things for me, y'all, and He continues to show me that with Him, all things are possible.  That alone gives me an amazing peace, which breeds this constant joy.

One quote that stood out to me in this book was one by Oprah Winfrey:

The more you praise and celebrate life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

Yes, y'all.  Yes, yes, yes.  I believe part of why I'm jovial is because I celebrate the little things. And if you think about it, there are a lot of "little things" throughout the day.  Throughout life.

Another one was by Jane Austen, which is actually something I struggle with at times:

I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.

Yep, this is me, too. I do not understand (and have often questioned) why God is so good to me.  I'm learning to accept it.

There have been times, y'all, where I've toned down "my happy" around certain people because I thought it would annoy them...or that they wouldn't share my happiness.  I've learned to get over that, too.  Not everyone will be happy for (or with you), and that's okay.  Be happy anyway.

For some people, being happy has nothing to do with things.  Or things that happen TO us.  Or even the situations we're in. Happiness is a state of mind.  It's your attitude.  How you react to life.  Some people really GET that, and I feel lucky to be one of those people.

One of my students came in the other day and asked me how my day was.  Mind you, this student asks me this almost every day, and my response is usually the same:  "I'm having a GREAT day..." or something like that. I always return the gesture and ask how his day has been, and he usually tells me every thing that went wrong for him that day.

One day the student just asked me, "Mrs. Kimble, do you EVER have a bad day? It's the last period of the day...why are you always so happy?" I explained to him that having a good day doesn't mean bad things didn't happen.  It just means that you guard your joy -- you don't let anything or anyone steal it.  Keep a victorious state of mind.

Now obviously my student's a teenager, and teenagers are silly. So his response to this was to go down a list of scenarios to test my "happy" limit. He threw out various "bad things," to which I would respond, "Nope, that wouldn't ruin my day...nah, that wouldn't either..."

Well, he eventually won when he got down to the "What if your house burns down?" question.  While I'm sure I'd be happy no one was IN the house when it burned, and that the misfortune would teach me a lot, I can't say I'd go to bed that night claiming it was a WONDERFUL day. Ha!

Anyhoo, I thank God for the joy he constantly bestows on me. It's a GREAT place to be and I pray it never goes away.

Now let me share THIS little piece of happy with you...

M started swim lessons this week.

I really like the instructor and his style.  He doesn't use floaties, his instruction is differentiated perfectly, and all the kids are in the water the whole time.  M was automatically comfortable with him, which made it even better.

You did great job, Babycakes!

Enjoy the rest of your week, folks!


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