05 May 2006

Where's the fun in your life?

My kids do not have school today, so my neighbor invited them over to play with her children this morning. Well, as soon as the words "you're playing with friends this morning" escaped my mouth, my three little piggies went berserck. Absolutely berserck. Is that how you spell berserck? Anyway... they could hardly concentrate on getting dressed, let alone eating breakfast. I felt my emotions begin to rise as I chased them around with underwear in one hand and toothbrushes in the other. By the time my neighbor got here to pick them up, I was a sweaty mess.

Drew was still finishing breakfast, so she offered to get the older two in the car for me. I listened as they squealed with delight when she asked them if they were ready to have some fun. And it hit me - what joyous children I have! Every morning I am greeted with excited eyes and smiles and hugs. What zest for life they have! And how easily that could rub off on me, if I'd let it.

It also got me thinking about the proverb "a merry heart doeth good like medicine". Well, the opposite it just as true. Unhappiness is infectious, and perhaps a more powerful emotion than happiness because of how quickly it can spread. And destroy.

Do you think we have a choice in most situations... whether to laugh or cry? I do. And thank goodness, because it is a simple choice, and makes such a difference in your overall countenance. You either find joy or you find misery. It all depends on what you seek. Last Wild Card Wednesay I asked for you all to make me laugh. I woke up that morning feeling the urge to be unhappy, and I knew that a few good laughs would cure me.

So today, what's your choice going to be? I'm gonna go with happiness, because I have so many good reasons to! Precious baby dreams, a calm, lush morning after a thunderstorm, a clean home, movie night to look forward to, friendly neighbors. And of course, berserck children.

21 comments:

Julie said...

I love this post! What a cheerful way to look at an "energetic" morning. :)

Kristen said...

I'm going to choose happiness and fun today. You are right that both are contagious. My kids are always that way in the morning, too, and what a great idea to feed on their energy and enthusiasm rather than looking at it as stress.

Rachelle said...

I choose to be happy. I've chosen sadness in the past and it sucks. I am going to have a positive outlook and count my blessings. Great post as always!

kfk said...

Unfortunately, with the work load of my day, I will be grumpy. But I will be happy when it's over. Now, I just need to get off the computer and start...

ABC Momma said...

When I start to get angry or stressed, my two year old asks "are you happy, mommy?" Obviously she understands that we can choose our moods.

Nettie said...

I do think we have a choice. Too often I don't make the right one, though! And I love the enthusiasm of children, too!

Pattie said...

I am definately one who believes in CHOOSING to be happy...or choosing to be unhappy, which thankfully is not very often!
Isn't it wonderful to have children to remind us of this?

Elizabeth said...

We DO have a choice!!! The nurses were so surprised with me on Wednesday night. They stuck me about 10 times to draw a little blood and start an IV, and I only complained once (because the nurse hit a nerve and it HURT). I told them it didn't pay to complain or be miserable...they still have tests they need to do, so I might as well have a good attitude about it. It makes it a whole lot more pleasant for everyone involved!

beth said...

Thank you for reminding me of something I try to tell myself quite often (but you are much more eloquent about it). I loved this post.

Gabriela said...

Excellent point. I often think about this topic in relation to people, we always can find exactly what we are looking for. If we want to see the bad, we will, if we want to see the good, we will. I try to see the good, especially in my kids and husband (there's a lot there to see, so I'm lucky!)

sheri said...

I'm so glad I read this post today. I really needed it! It's gloomy outside (again. grrr) and dh is working until 11am. On a Saturday. But after reading your inspiring words, I'm going to choose happiness! Even when my baby is whining and my 5 yr old is shooting me w/some sort of laser beam. :)

Maine Mom said...

I agree with you, we do have a choice. I need my children's enthusiasm, joy, curiosity, laughter, adventure, smiles...to rub off on me more!

Jen said...

Thanks for that reminder, Lei. I needed that. What a great post!

ShelahBooksIt said...

I'm trying to choose to be happy. That counts, doesn't it?

Stephanie said...

I LOVE this! I have had something eating at me all weekend and I needed to hear this. I always tell my kids that it only takes a minute to change your attitude. I firmly believe this, maybe I should follow this. I vow to be happy today!

emlouisa said...

Ditto Shelah. hehe

Misty said...

I needed to read this today. I woke up feeling sluggish and like it was going to be a bad day. Thanks for reminding me to change my attitude!

itybtyfrog said...

Thanks for the great post. I need to have "Choose Happiness" posted on my fridge just to remind me of that every day.

Jane said...

I am choosing happiness too! I just watched an amazing movie on the power of our thoughts. And I am going to create happiness with my thoughts.

Heres to a wonderful, happy day!

Gabriela said...

Hi Lei! I am tagging you. Have a nice day :).

EmmaSometimes said...

kfk is cracking me up...I need motivation as well, to move about the house. Thank you for the smile today and wonderful reminder to keep smiling!