I’ve always had an organizer to help with my perpetual absent-mindedness & tendency to put things off. These organizers represented my commitment to the long term goals I’ve set for myself. On the one hand, this habit is certainly helpful in breaking things down into manageable baby steps. This system has been nice, but somewhat laborious to set up. Additionally, I find this focus on the long-term goals, is at the sacrifice of incidental life-events. Bound and determine to complete my to-do-list, I find I’m complaining endlessly about how life gets in the way. I need something that can allow me to live more presently with greater gratitude and appreciation…
…Then I found the Happy Planner System
I was enthralled at first by its name. The idea that one would include happy and planning in one descriptive phrase perplexed me. I’m not exactly the “Type-A Personality”, and prefer a “fly by the seat of your pants” approach. I visited a local Michaels and loved how customizable these planners were. Most importantly, they provided an opportunity to engage my creative juices. This “Happy Planner” is something quite unique. It isn’t quite a scrapbook & not an organizer. Its a memory book or gratitude journal of sorts. You keep track of your days, while remembering the moments. I was hooked….
My Happy Planner – “A Gratitude Journal/Scrapbook”
So this is my very first “Happy Planner”.I’ve decided to use it simply as a journal and scrapbook. I find myself printing out incidental photos from my phone and glueing them onto the pages of my planner. I then record key events of my week. With everything I have going on, my journaling is more “quick and to the point”, highlighting key events and memorable life lessons.
On these two pages, I describe my intention for this Happy Planner…
Major Life Events & Milestones…
Our 18-year-old Kitty Cat died on August 29th, 2016. His name was Warfy…
On the 4th, my hubby & I celebrated our 17th Anniversary.
On the 21st, I celebrated my 47th Birthday & ate out with my family…
The Importance of Gratitude
Last week, I decided to begin a project I’ve been putting off for quite some time. I began digging through old family photos and placing them in photo albums. I was surprised at how much my boys have grown up & was sad the time had passed by so quickly. I was also profoundly grateful for my life & regreted how I had fallen in the trap of allowing “life to get in the way”. I became immersed in my desire to achieve several long-term goals that I failed to see the bigger picture…
The Power of Resilience….
A patient I cared for at work, made an impact on my life that will stay with me always. I was able to meet him when he first arrived in the hospital complaining of a bowel obstruction. I was able to help wheel him into the operating room for exploratory surgery. I was there when he received diagnosis of terminal cancer. I was able to say goodbye as he went home to be with his family. This man is an immigrant from Africa. He worked hard to complete his MBA while in the states and just bought his first home. He showed me pictures of his large family: five kids and a loving wife. He told me he intended to remain positive and planned on “fighting until the end. He didn’t want his kids to think he was giving up. I cried on the way home when I heard this story. I was grateful that the biggest thing I had to worry about was the messy house & a need for some sleep.
The Perplexing Nature of Self Deception….
I blogged about this one. It on the nature of self-deception. I wondered how easily it was for us to lie to ourselves. How can we be the deceiver & deceived at the same time? Is part of our mind immersed in creating the lie while still another part is attempting to forget we have done so????