• Chantal

Oh Happy Day!

Updated: Sep 7, 2020

Simple Pleasures

The question I posed for the month of May was,"how do I want to be with change." I had said that I intended to journal every day and focus on gratitude in this time of change. What I learned from this focus was, that I need a lot less than I thought I did to be happy. I took some time and listed all the things that I would like to experience in a day for it to be a great day. Everything that I listed were things that I can do, even in this new COVID world. I found that the days I did most of the things on my list, were great days because I felt like I achieved what I wanted to do. I discovered that what I want most in a day is to feel productive, to have fun, to connect with people I care about and to take care of my physical and mental well-being. If I do something in all of these areas each day, then I feel fulfilled.

Something else that I noticed from my journaling is that I like progress. So in this time of trying to define the "new normal," I feel encouraged by any sign of progress. It's been nice now that the world is opening up a little bit. It has made a big difference for me to be able to go for walks with friends again or to enjoy social distance socializing outdoors. I appreciate these things so much more than I ever did before.

I am also enjoying making progress with my writing and some other personal projects. Because so much of my regular routine came to a dramatic halt when things started shutting down in March, I have had much more time to focus on some things that I wanted to do, but was usually too busy for. Now that things are opening up again, I want to be conscious of how I use my time. I don't want to lose my focus on these projects that are bringing me joy even when the demands on my time increase again.