I decided when Pop died (after several months of grieving) that the best way I can remember him is to make him proud by living my best life. That is just what I have been doing the last six months or so.
What my best life is may not be what your best life is. You have to find those things that make you happy on a daily basis. For me, those things really usually aren’t things. My friends. My kiddos in class. Serving others. Music. Traveling. Painting. Writing. Music. Those things bring me joy. Those glorious gifts from the Universe make me smile.
Daily I do my best to connect to God by enjoying the gifts he has given me. And (sometimes more importantly) sharing those gifts with others.
So, here’s the deal: what makes you smile? Seriously. Think about it. Make a list. They may be super simple things that can easily be overlooked but they bring tremendous amounts of peace and joy. Make time for those things, even if only 1 or 2 of those things, EACH AND EVERY DAY.
Sometimes, this may mean you have to say no to things that don’t bring you joy. That way you have time to invest in those things that DO bring you joy. Sounds simple doesn’t it. It isn’t. As adults, we would rather over complicate things and overthink things.
Find your joy.