Sometimes we have to step back to move forward. This can mean going back to a job you left, moving back to a place you moved away from, or reconnecting with someone from your past. Sometimes, just sometimes, moving back is actually a step forward.
Is it possible to be too Happy? I've been asked the question, "Why are you always smiling?" more times than I can remember. People have challenged my sense of joy and even distanced themselves from me because of my positve mood. And as an adult I've met many people who have had the same "problem", people think we are annoyingly happy. Who knew being happy could be a fault?
The more familiar saying is, "it's not what you say-it's how you say. And I have to say that I am a firm believer in that as well. It has been a while since I have done a blog(officially) but I've been writing and sharing in small amounts on a regular basis in other avenues. And that brings me to my point, sometimes it doesn't take a whole lot of words to get a point across, to encourage someone, to console someone or to teach someone. Often times we feel the need to further explain or expound on a topic.
We can all think of a million and one reasons why something doesn't get done. "I've been in and out of town." "Personal reasons." "Busy with other projects." "Writers Block(that's a great one)" "Lack of momentum." and the list could go on and on. "The dog ate my computer," that one is a little far fetch,( great play with words) but it could happen.
There is a Benjamin Franklin quote that I love, "Well done is better than well said." We are halfway through the year and at this time many of us examine what we've done in the last 6 months. Have we kept our resolutions? What have we accomplished? How have we progressed? Because we all make plans to do things and some just never get done. Now if some of the things we've talked about are no longer things we desire than we should cross them off the list and move forward. And whatever is remaining no matter how big or how small we should be working towards a "well done."
There's a difference between quitting and realizing you got everything you needed from an experience. We are always taught not to quit but we have to be sure we understand the difference between quitting and moving forward. Sure we have to know when to stay but even more you have to KNOW WHEN TO GO especially if something is dragging the spunk out of you.
A few weeks ago while talking to a friend a very good question came up "How do you start over?" After you've reached a certain point in your life, work, school, raising children, or a project it can be hard to imagine. You've put your hardwork, sweat and sometimes tears, not to mention years, how does one go back to point A and do it all again? Maybe you're starting over because you're switching careers. Maybe you're starting over because you had your children 10 years apart.
About 45% of American adults make a New Year's Resolution each year, however, less than half-way through the year most people have broken them. So why make a New Year's Resolution, what's the point? Well the point is that it is better to set a goal and work towards it a little bit then to do nothing at all. Regardless of how short you fall, you're closer than you would have been had you done nothing.
Do you remember what you thought being an adult would be like when you were a child? Let's put aside the ideas of what movies portrayed and what we saw on "The Jetsons." I guess the thing that I used to think about the most was that as I grew older life would be less fun. It was not totally my fault that I felt that way either.