“I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshiny day.” -I Can See Clearly Now (Jimmy Cliff)
A few weeks ago, I planted some tomato, basil, and cilantro seeds in a tiny pot and mini greenhouses. Much to my amazement, they actually started growing!! As they grew taller, I noticed that they began shifting towards the window – towards the sunshine. I knew plants did this, but I hadn’t seen it in a while, and it struck me how everything in nature does what it needs to survive and live an optimal life. Humans are the exception here on Earth.
Humans are the only animals who focus on the struggle long after it’s gone. We spend hours, days, even years re-living the past. We re-tell our painful stories over and over – sometimes to the point where we don’t have the capacity to even feel joy anymore (because we are still trying to numb the pain from the old event, which simultaneously blocks happiness from entering our lives). We also spend a great deal of time worrying about the future, asking the hypothetical “What if…?” question and causing ourselves unnecessary stress and grief. Neither of these behaviours serves us in the long run – not as individuals and consequently not as a whole (the population of the planet).
“Happiness comes from within and is found in the present moment by making peace with the past and looking forward to the future.” ~Doe Zantamata~
What would it be like if we reached for the sunshine like my little plants are doing? What if we actually started only doing things that served (not harmed) our higher selves – our essential selves – who we were born to be? I think we’d be happier, less stressed, more engaged, healthier, stronger (mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually), more abundant financially, kinder, more compassionate, connected, and trusting. We would make our decisions based on love not fear. We’d see ourselves (and others) in a nicer light. We be less likely to judge someone and more apt to help them instead. We’d focus on the solution – not the problem. We’d gain clarity, priorities would change. Life as we know it would be better.
Here are some ways to bask in the sun! 1) Question your negative thoughts – about yourself, about someone else, about your life, about events around the world. Remember – everything is happening as a lesson for someone, and everyone here has a purpose. 2) Keep your mind and heart open. Learn, let go, and move on. 3) Shift your focus to gratitude. The fastest way to get more joy is to celebrate what you already have. 4) Always be kind. 5) Live and love big.
“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” ~Marianne Williamson~