Day 56-Happiness is … 2 fingers away & 5 minutes ahead


“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.” – Maxim Gorky

My reality of late…

  • early morning brick eyelids and a hair-trigger snooze finger
  • rush kids out of bed and into buses, lamenting my last-minute awareness of their clothing choices
  • throw everything I’ll need for the day into the car (which needs cleaning again) and wonder at how I can be so punctually 5 minutes behind all the time
  • get onto the highway, organizing my first appointment in my head as I drive, and realize what I’ve forgotten
  • feel the cold grip of panic as I try to sort out whether to go back and be really late or stay the course and deal with the fallout of being ill prepared
  • muddle through the day
  • get home, cook supper, head out for last appointment of the day wishing I was better at grade 6 math and could spend more time helping the grade six-er understand it
  • get home, start laundry, remain calm while tucking in kidlets who have not done their chores, fall into bed
  • repeat 8 hours later

Stress and happiness are polar opposites. There are ways to swing the day into the happiness end of the spectrum and today I tried the two finger technique. Supposedly, pressing two fingers to the base of your throat at  times of stress will relieve said stress.

I don’t know that the self-inflicted acupressure helped or if  the act of slowing down long enough to breathe and perform the task helped either. To be honest, it just made me another 5 minutes late.

All in all it was a spectacularly dull happiness task.


So…it has come to this !

All signs point to ‘don’t worry, be happy’, but I’m too rushed to stop and read them.

Time explore stress management vs stress relief.

Rating: Stress relief  day (4 out of 10)

  • Itchy feet – 2 out of 5 (I may have had a bad attitude going into this one)
  • Twitch – two thumbs up
  • Happy hour – 2 out of 5 (met my expectations)

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

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


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