Forecast For Tomorrow: Potential Happiness0
I’m trying to take my own advice and allow myself to be able to feel truly happy in the moment. I want to stop relying on the potential of tomorrows happiness to get me through right now. Too often I fight daily life and find myself daydreaming about how tomorrow will be better, and I’m starting to feel like I might be missing out on some really great moments (*cue Oprah!*).
Like this tiny moment where Ben is blowing his first dandelion puff with such childhood sweetness, determined to get each fluffy seed to fly! Behind the scene I wasn’t enjoying this moment nearly as much as he was. Instead I was in my head fretting about things and wondering about tomorrow.
Of course, it’s a lot easier to dole out these words of wisdom to someone else than to actually take it. Like all those people who have told you to relax or to ‘just be happy’. They have great intention but sometimes it’s truly hard to ‘just be happy’. It’s also impossible to not dream a little bit about tomorrows potential for happiness, when today really sucks for you. I know that my ability to daydream often gets me through hard moments and I’ve been lucky to be rewarded with a slice of happiness many times.
Rocks as an example of happiness:
Ben likes to collect rocks, it makes him happy to collect a new rock and bring it home with him. He isn’t thinking about how big his rock pile could get or how he wishes he had more, he is just happy with bringing that one rock home. He picks up a rock on our walk home and brings it inside the apartment. Now I have an apartment with a scattering of clusters of happy rocks just like this one, and I’m finding myself learning a lesson from my child.