“The 5 x 5 Rule: If it’s not gonna matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes being upset by it.” ~ Author Unknown
Happy Sunday, Journeyer!
I’m having a hard time trying to tell you how my week went…
Seldom am I at a loss for words and after numerous starts and re-starts, nothing feels right…
But what I have known from mid-week is that the above quote would be a part of this week’s post. I can’t locate the original author or text to attribute it to; if you know, please share!
If it’s not gonna matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes being upset by it.
This is so much easier said than done, isn’t it?
In a world where negative news surrounds us at every turn, it’s easy to be sucked into the vortex that is Low Vibration Negativity.
NOW I KNOW WHY I’VE BEEN STRUGGLING TO WRITE THIS POST!
The opening quote comes from a place where things are bothering us, which first spotlights our conflict or unhappiness.
My Five Facets Philosophy on Healing™ is a model that teaches us to shift the focus from the negative to the positive, to implement forward thinking, as opposed to looking back.
So, let’s create a new action statement, a new Power Mantra™ to help us hone in on our happiness.
The 5 by 5 Formula, A Happiness Rule
[Tweet theme=”basic-white”]”If you want to be happy 5 days, 5 months, or 5 years from now, spend 5 minutes each day reflecting on 5 things that lifted your spirits, made you smile, or warmed your heart.” ~Annah Elizabeth[/Tweet]
All too often we look at happiness as some sort of destination. I’ll be happy when…I have a house of my own…a bigger house…a new job…a job that pays more…when this wedding is over or the divorce is complete…when I’m finished with school…[insert your whatever here.]
I am living proof that taking the time to honor those fleeting, joyful moments makes us feel better, Journeyer.
Remembering to do this is the hard part.
Recognizing that we are all unique and that you can be true to yourself if a little different version of our new action statement works better for you, is equally important.
This statement is simply a guide and a cue to help you remember to tap into whatever practice works for you. What’s important is that you stay as consistently committed as you can to the plan that works for you.
Here are my week’s top five.
I accompanied Beauty for a day surgery on Monday and I felt so much peace as I witnessed how all the hard work we’ve both been doing to build a better relationship between us is melting off the tension that has been a bit of a barrier between us for far too long.
I stayed home sick with a headache last Friday, so I didn’t have a chance to tell my students that I wouldn’t be in on Monday. Tuesday, several of my students’ faces lit up when they saw me through the window and I could see them exclaim to the person next to them, “Oh, she’s back!” Even better were the hugs from said students, including one of my high school, female students. Feeling appreciated feeds my happy.
One morning while driving to work, I spotted a yellow lab jumping from it’s hind haunches and its tail wagging furiously. And then I saw the owner, dressed in a business suit, pulling a yellow Frisbie from the passenger side of the car. Imagine the joy the two of them had frolicking on a crisp morning!
Togetherness events (See how I did that?!): Dinner and cards with Warren, Beauty and Big Guy and their partners; a much-needed lunch date with a long-time friend; and an afternoon outing that included one girlfriend, a new acquaintance, pizza, hot cream pedicures, and a sparkly, purple nail polish.
What about you, Journeyer? Do you have a ritual that honors your happy? If not, can you spare five or fewer moments to feel how that practice lifts your vibrational energy? When your energy is higher you increase the world’s joy quotient! Together, Journeyer, together we can heal worlds of hurt!
GO! Share one of the fleeting moments that fed your week’s happy!
Until next time, yours in hope, healing, and happiness,