It warmed up in SoCal for a solid three days, and today was chilly again. I shouldn’t complain. If I were back home in Chicago, it would likely be in the 30’s and 40’s, so, it’s all about perspective, right?
It is so easy to lose perspective. We get so wrapped up in ourselves and all of the microscopic details of our life that we forget to zoom out and appreciate the whole. Mike and I often call back to this TED talk by Shawn Achor. It basically suggests that happiness is a posture – we can choose to practice it or not, but it’s definitely a choice. If you ask me, I can list all of the negative things about my life. But, I can also list the positives. Every day, we must choose where to place focus.
I recently discovered a dog park near our house. Actually, that convo went something like this:
Downstairs neighbor: Your dog sprinting around your apartment late at night is disrupting my life.
Mike: We should really take her to a dog park.
Me: Oh sure – I have time for that. You’re fine not ever eating dinner again, right?
🙂 But in all seriousness, it wound up being a great idea. Despite my initial reluctance to cram one more errand into my day, the dog park has become one of my favorite parts of the afternoon. It’s the time I take to step away from my computer and zoom out. It’s when I get to watch my carefree, overly-energetic pup form instant bonds with the other dogs in the park. She doesn’t seem to mind that she’s never met them before and may never see them again – she’s only concerned with their companionship in that moment. It’s a great reminder for me to zoom out, to get fresh air, and to be present.
Millie has been a gift to me in so many ways.
Anyway – tangent over. I guess what I’m trying to say is that, even though it’s been raining, SoCal on the whole is warm, and I’m grateful for that. It makes it easier to run errands, to do photoshoots, and to take Millie to the park. I need to focus on the macro, and I hope you can, too.
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