Yesterday was my birthday. I had a lovely day of doing what I do everyday. I did prep work for a new painting, I worked on Surlies, I finished up some custom orders, worked on my website and I went to the gym. It was just another day in the world of Amy, except for the fact that there was also cupcakes and I got to have sake with lunch! A girl has gotta celebrate a little right!
The point is, I don’t usually make a big deal out of my birthday. But one almost can’t help themselves from reflecting on the accomplishments from the past year(s) when a birthday rolls around. Try as I might, I felt compelled to analyze the past. Did I work hard enough? Could I have produced more art? Was I kind enough to my friends and family? Did I help the skeptical movement? Did I make my tiny little world a better place? Did I try hard enough? Was it all just a waste of time? It was a bit overwhelming and I couldn’t decide if I had done enough. It is difficult to quantify the accomplishments of an entire year or a lifetime in one day. After all, we are often our own worst critics.
So I decided I would take a cue from Richard Wiseman and his Happiness Experiment that was conducted a few months back. One thing that was recommended, that stuck with me was an exercise where you name something positive that happened to you in the past 24 hours. Could be as simple as your pet welcoming you home or a delicious sandwich you had for lunch. It made me feel a lot better to take it one day at a time. It is after all the little things that really matter and a birthday is just another day in a trip around the sun.
Yesterday, I had a chocolate cupcake and sake with lunch. Life is grand!
What simple thing did you experience in the past 24 hours that is a happy memory?
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