Day 27-Happiness is … understanding when resistance is futile


‘Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.” – Deepak Chopra

The stream doesn’t know where it is going, it just flows. Nature usually chooses the path of least resistance, but sometimes a fish has swim upstream to reach it’s destination.

Be the stream

As people, how do we know when to be the stream and when to be the fish?

Today I decided to be the stream, flowing along with whatever happened and letting it be instead of trying to fix it.

This was easier when my partner circuit class had an odd number of attendants than when I picked my son up from school and was informed by the principal about some out of character antics that had taken place that day. This was also easier when I was not doing my best imitation of co-ordination during a swimming lesson. Being the stream was great until I remembered I’m a person and I need to breathe while flowing.

The stream does not always flow smoothly; there are rocky places, dammed up places, tricky corners to be navigated. When water is trapped, it makes a new path; relentlessly flowing where it is meant to go by whatever route possible.

I did not allow anger or disappointment over my son’s actions, but talked to him about choices and consequences. I did not allow panic over my flailing attempts in the pool, but made the choice to practice again the next day.

Today, I was the stream. I’m still not sure how to know when it’s time to be the fish.


So…it has come to this !

According to the laws of physics, the bumblebee should not be allowed to fly; the bumblebee does not know this though and it flies anyway. Perhaps I should try a bumblebee day.

Rating: Go with the flow day (8 out of 10)

  • Itchy feet – 4 out of 5 (sounds relaxing)
  • Twitch – accepted as is
  • Happy hour – 4 out of 5 (altered my reactions to a more peaceful state)

What the heck does all that mean, you ask? Read Itchy Feet Explained.

Tomorrow: Lie.  Use the calendar to view my happiness tasks for each day along with a brief description of the task and why I chose it.


3 responses »

  1. ZOMG! Star Trek reference! Last place I expected to find one.

    ….aaaaand I’m a geek. But I’m just gonna go with it.

  2. Pingback: Day 29-Happiness is … better than kegels « 365waystobehappy

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