Yes, you read that right – “flattening”! It seemed the best way to describe my week. Or, if you prefer pictures, this –
has become this:
However(and I can’t emphasize that “however” enough!) I am still happy. Lacking in energy, motivation and general bounce, but still joyful.
How is this so? Well, I’m keeping the horizon close and staying in the moment. It’s that simple.
My floors still aren’t mopped; my assignment still needs completing. (To be honest, it still needs starting.) My garden needs weeding; my fridge needs cleaning. Dinner isn’t going to cook itself, but there’s always soup in the freezer. There’s a book waiting for me at the library, but it will still be there tomorrow.
In this moment, I am enjoying tapping words out for you, dear reader, to consider. A few moments ago, I enjoyed flopping on the sofa after the effort of emptying the dishwasher exhausted me. In a short time, I intend to enjoy the moment when I turn on the TV and watch The Good Wife. Outside of those moments? Beyond the scope of my attention.
I believe that if I were to widen my horizons today, I would rapidly become joy-less. I’d be frustrated at my lack of energy, angry at myself for not having started things earlier, feel guilty about considering soup for dinner when there’s the makings of a good meal in the crowded fridge, and panicked about all the things that I haven’t ticked off on my To Do list.
However, I feel none of those things. Instead, I feel happy.
It makes me happy to write these words, happy to know that you’ve read them. Thank you! And may you, too, find much joy in your day today.