updating this post to include the Thought for Today quote from the Oprah.com newsletter:
"Passively accepting your sadness is the same as forgetting to build your own happiness. Happiness is more than a mood. It's a long-lasting state that is more accurately called well-being."
— Deepak Chopra
Sunday, I bounced. I was in a world of Hell Sunday due to one thing happening that turned my world pretty dark. Thankfully, the situation itself was fairly easily resolved and all I had left to manage was the feelings, trying to identify what exactly bothered me so much and resolving it with the people involved... which took through Monday evening.
Tuesday, I was on the road to recovery.
This is what I think "Happiness" is about. This is what Weill is talking about. He is not saying that every day will be sunshine and roses, but I'll be better able to cope with and move on from the dark days. As my good friend Teresa said, "It's not about not having the fight, it's about moving past the fight quickly when it's over."
I didn't go to the gym Monday. I still refuse to beat myself up for that. I didn't have any eggs here for breakfast, so I cooked some fish and had that with my toast. Yes, I know fish for breakfast sounds gross, but many cultures have it and today was their culture's day in my stomach. I have been taking my supplements very regularly, with the exception of Saturday and Sunday (coincidence? perhaps not), since I left the supplements at work. I have started the Deepak Chopra 21 Day Meditation Challenge and am doing his guided meditation... I started yesterday evening, but realized it was best done in the morning, so did it this morning.
As I was telling my dad when I had lunch with him yesterday, it isn't about doing everything, it's about doing something. It's about having the tooth-gritting determination to demand gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world. It's about refusing to accept that I have to wake up every day feeling bad.