My Queenie Playing the Piano Brings Me Peace

I have always loved how musical my Queenie is.  It is one of the things I always found very attractive.  Unfortunately, life often gets in the way and she doesn’t get to be as musical as she would like.

Today though she was listening to music with the kids when she decided to sit down at the piano and start playing and singing.  It always just warms my heart to hear her play and sing.  You can really feel how much she loves it when she sings and plays.

When she was done you could see a physical difference in her presence as she was so much more happy and relaxed.  Not only did I enjoy the moment, it is a good reminder to me of how important it is to take care of yourself.

Yes we have to take care of work and school and family, but we also need to just take breaks and relax.  We need to do things that are just fun and bring us joy.  This was a great reminder to me as I head into what will likely be a busy week.

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I Love the Winter Chill

I may be a little weird in this way but I really love it when it cools down.  I don’t know what it is about the fall into the winter, but it just makes me happy.  

The colors are nice, the snow is beautiful, and the food is great, but there really is just something about smelling the chill in the air that brings a smile to my face.

Maybe I just had lots of great memories at this time of year so I subconsciously feel happier.  I did use to love playing football with my friends in the snow and I loved playing in the leaves when I was even younger.

It is just a great time of the year.

Simple Joy

I was flipping through pictures on my phone today and just had to share this image with you.

This is of my little princess enjoying one of those bouncy slides at an awesome little festival we went to.  To me the look on her face is just priceless, and even more awesome because it was something so simple.

She was just going down a slide for less than two seconds and it brought her so much joy.  She actually kept talking about it for another ten minutes.  

As kids we find so much joy in simple things and then somewhere along the way we are taught that it has to be bigger and more extravagant to make us happy.  I am sure there is some scientific reason why dopamine is not as easily created or something but I also think it is a choice.

There is no reason we can’t find happiness in the simplest things in life.  In fact many of the happiest grandparents I know find their joy again in the simple joys of life.  Maybe we just go full circle and start to remember that it is the simple things that can bring us the most joy.

Getting Back to Work

It was so great going back to work today.  I didn’t know who I needed to see or where I needed to go or where anything was but man was it great to just be at work.

It is awesome to be in an active flying squadron again where I know I have a future.  It is no one’s fault that my last squadron didn’t feel that way, simply the nature of the transition, but it is refreshing to be somewhere new.

It likely will still be a couple of weeks before I actually get to fly courtesy of paperwork and such, but I am getting closer and it is amazing.

Life is just good right now and I’m happy.  I know some people don’t like to vocalize that because they think they will jinx it, but I am learning more and more that it is actually much better to acknowledge it.

I truly am excited to be here and excited to start a new long term adventure.  I know I have plenty to learn and that excites me too.  It is so great to feel gainfully employed after a nice break.

I was in a Magic Show With my Son

I don’t know why I am such a bump on a lot sometimes.  It is not uncommon for my wife to ask if I want to so something and I just sort of shrug my shoulders.

Fortunately, she is not easily deterred and today we went to a little free magic show at the library.  I don’t remember the guy’s name but apparently he has been on tv numerous times and was the magic world champion twice.

The show was only about an hour long and he kept it all pretty simple, but it was so much fun.  He was funny and engaging and he let me and my son be part of the show.

We both went up together and got to be part of a trick.  I normally habe no idea what magicians are doing, but today for the trick I was a part of I actually saw what was happening for almost the while trick.

Easton on the other hand had no idea and loved every minute of it.  He was laughing and bouncing around and having a great time.  It is always so great to see your kids that happy.

It makes me wonder how many of these opportunities I have missed because I was being a bump on a lot.  I’m sure it will happen again at some point, but for now I will enjoy how awesome it was to see so much joy in my son’s face.

No Better Time Than That Spent With Family

I spent almost the entire day with my family today and it was great.  This happens relatively often when we are on vacation but not as often when we are at home for some reason.

We didn’t do anything grand.  Just ran some errands, had lunch, unpacked boxes, had dinner, etc. and it was just wonderful.  I know that this time will become even more special as my kids get older and don’t think I am as great, which is why this time with my family is so special to me now.

Exercise is a Key to My Happiness

I have been a little down for the last few days and I really couldn’t put my finger on why.  I had spent some nice time with friends, and gotten a few things done but still didn’t feel quite right.

Today I lounged around for most of the day before deciding I needed to go to the gym, which I hadn’t done in a few days.  At first I was really struggling with getting motivated to lift and I almost just left a couple of times.

But, I powered through and actually had a pretty good workout.  As I was driving home from the gym I realized how much happier I felt.  I was tired and sweaty but I also felt genuine happiness.

That’s when it dawned on me how important exercise is to my happiness.  I know all the exercise freaks out there are saying “DUH” right now, but I am not talking about the scientific side of things with the chemicals that are released during exercise that make you feel better.

I realize that also plays a role in the whole thing, but as I thought about it I realized how much joy I gain from physical activity.  It could be a nice walk with my family, a hike through the mountains, fishing, playing sports, working out at the gym, or any number of other activities.  

The point is that I NEED physical activity to be happy.  I need to use the body that God gave me to help other people and to enjoy this amazingly beautiful world he gave us.

I would say that subconsciously I have always known this, but now that I am acknowledging it out loud I will better be able to get myself out of ruts by finding some good exercise to get me going again.