Hello, it’s the universe calling…

IMG_0191Sometimes when you send an S.O.S. out into the universe, the universe responds.

Yesterday I wrote a somewhat bitter post on self-reflection. Or maybe it was self-doubt. Either way, it left me feeling blue. When I finished it, I closed my computer and walked away from my desk to give myself a break.

As I reached for another cup of coffee, I heard my phone buzz. It was a text message from my teenage daughter:

Hey mama so we are in stress management class and we’re doing this happiness practice thing and we are supposed to thank somebody we are grateful for or who has had an impact on our life so mama thank you for always being there and keeping me from falling behind. I know that sometimes I seem ungrateful and tired and bratty but I really truly always appreciate everything you do. Thank you for being you.

I guess I’m getting it done after all. Although I might consider some discussion on the importance of punctuation.

If you’re happy and you know it…

unruly toddlerEven though I’m Blogging from A to Z this month, I couldn’t resist participating in Suzie81’s Weekly Word Challenge. This week she’s asking us to blog about the word Happy, so the “Happy and You Know It” children’s song came instantly to mind. Who doesn’t love this song, and the hand-clapping, foot-stomping, hurray-shouting joyousness of it?

It made me think I need a happiness trigger, something to rev me up in those down moments. I considered, “If you’re happy and you know it, eat some chocolate.” But then I thought maybe I could select a trigger that would train me to do something useful for myself or Those Others who live here. You know, a Pavlovian response sort of thing.

I’m trying a few out. Feel free to vote for your favorite.

“If you’re happy and you know it…

…fold some laundry.”
…make some dinner.”
…stand on your head.”
…pay some bills.”
…floss your teeth.”
…brush the cat.”
…eat some oatmeal.”

That last one might be too easy, since I love oatmeal so much I eat it almost every day, and would eat it even more often if every time I wanted oatmeal I was somewhere I could prepare oatmeal.

But I’m liking this list. I feel more productive already! And it makes me so happy.