There are lots of things that have been going on that have been difficult. And with the election season underway the amount of ugliness you see online is growing. Nobody needs that in their lives.
Like attracts like. This is the Law of Attraction in action. Consciousness Creates Reality. The actions we give our thoughts and feelings to will draw good or bad into our lives.
Rather than focus on the bad and the negative, I want to take a moment and focus on the good and positive. Positivity is an incredible generator of good in your life.
One of the main reasons I write these articles here is to remind myself about the importance of this. I desire to manifest some pretty amazing things into my life, and that requires me to be grateful for what I already have. Sometimes this can be difficult — not because of a lack of gratitude, but more because of outside influences making me feel negative.
Spend any amount of time on Facebook or other social media and see how positive you can stay. Read one article about the incredible selfishness of the Trump and Congress, and try not to get angry. When the hobby world I like to spend time in experiences derision it can be incredibly frustrating, too.
My writing work is both for myself and for you. This is where I can offer up empathy for an all-too-often senseless world.
Today I am going to share some positivity with you.
10 Things that are making me happy
This is in no particular order, FYI.
1. My friends
I have some of the most incredible friends. They offer me love and support and sounding boards as I walk my crazy paths in life. You are incredible people, and you make me very, very happy.
2. My wife
This might get a tad sappy, and she will probably tell you that this makes her throw-up in her mouth a little — but I married an incredible woman. She is my partner, my equal, my favorite companion. It never ceases to amaze me how much having someone who understands me like she does matters.
3. My medieval hobby
The medieval reenactment society I am a part of has played an integral part of my life for over 28 years now. Through it I’ve met amazing, talented, wonderful people playing this game, and found my favorite weekend activity. Also, it helped get me out of my shell, and I believe this is why I am more of an extrovert than an introvert now.
While this is a part of the above hobby, I need to put it here separately. I have found very few things in life that bring me such joy. Everything about fencing I love, from the various weapons to the melee combat (fighting on teams) to the people doing it. I love teaching fencing to new people almost as much as I love fighting. If I am having a lousy day, fencing practices ALWAYS make me happy.
Putting words to the page is joy. I can make words fly and sing in ways that even surprise me from time to time. Even having shifted my focus to writing more professionally I still love and thoroughly enjoy it.
I do not read enough. This isn’t about articles online or social media, this is about books. Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, inspiration, or whatever — reading is weightlifting for the mind. No matter how strong I think I am now, reading will make me stronger. Taking the time to read is something that I know makes me happy.
As I am writing this, my Writer’s Mix is playing off my old MacBook. This mix is largely movie and TV scores, including the various Star Wars films, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and more. Also, there is some classical music and cinematic New-Age by David Arkenstone. Music can serve as a real pick-me-up, it can alter my mood, and ultimately contribute to being happy.
8. My cats
We have two cats. They are brats in their own unique way, but when they purr and do adorable things it’s hard not to feel good around them. I have nothing against dogs, mind you, but over the years — to my own surprise — I have become a cat person.
9. My office
I have an awesome home office. I have created a space that feels akin to a pillow-fort from childhood. Comfortable, warm, and thoroughly ME. Every time I come in here I am home, and that makes me happy.
Yes, this is utterly cheesy, but knowing that you are reading this makes me really happy. Whether you agree or disagree with the things I write, I am glad to know that you are reading my work. Thank you!
Life can be rough. We all go through difficult times. But we can always find things that will make it better.
Hold on to your happy
When you get stressed out, you feel bad, and the world seems terrible, there is always something you can find that will remind you of happiness.
Of course, nobody can — or frankly should — be happy all the time. But even when you are sad, angry, grieving, depressed, or otherwise feeling negative, you can seek out and find things that are positive, and potentially happy.
I hope that by sharing some of mine, I can help you find yours.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you and I matter, as do our feelings.