Over the weekend I was feeling a bit flat (OK…a lot flat), I wanted to get out of the house, but I didn’t know where I wanted to go. I wanted to be on my own, but I wanted company. I wanted to eat a tonne of chocolate but I knew I should be eating lots of healthy food (guess which one won out there). I decided to bake. I love baking. It is my go to thing to lift the spirits. The process was fun but in the aftermath of eating half a pecan pie and half a dozen white chocolate and cranberry cookies…I’m starting to think this was a bad idea.
Finally, I ended up at my computer, wrote a grumpy journal entry then wandered onto my facebook page. Found a few links, clicked around…and then landed on this blog “Adventuring Home”. I have never seen this blog before, might never go there again…but right then, at that moment…the words were exactly what I needed. She talked about living big, laughing hard, embracing life. It wasn’t so much that her exact words but the positivity that was jumping off the pages which jolted me out of my little rut. It reminded me to stop looking at the glass half empty, and be excited and inspired and curious. It reminded me of another favourite quote of mine…
“Your happiness increases the happiness of everyone around you”
It is amazing how other people’s positivity rubs off on you. Being around other people who are working full of optimism and hope, makes you feel more excited and interested. And what I love about social media, both in work and outside work, is that it makes it easier to find this people, to stumble on an inspiring quote or someones else’s journey from across the globe.
So today, at work, I’ve been seeking out these people. Who is really inspired at the moment, who is driving things they feel passionate about…I want to stand in their sunshine, hope some of it rubs off on me.
Then I’m going to take that sunshine and make some of my own. Help the people around me to be inspired and engaged and interested…because despite having a few flat days every now and again, I want to always come back to positivity and pragmatic optimism as my driving force at work and at home.
Left over cookies anyone?