I am a teacher and aspiring writer, and keep a blog to keep up with writing and document the daily moments that make up my life. Working with my students & travel writing are my biggest passions. People, art, food, wine/spirits, and culture are other writing interests. Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Small Blessings

We had planned to ride our bikes to the gym this morning. It sounded like a great idea last night. Then I woke up feeling really groggy and it was cold and gray outside. Then I decided to make some black tea to wake up and we were out of milk. I was bummed, and feeling like a grouch.
But then I saw the whipped cream, (the kind that comes out of the cannister, and you can top off ice-cream or pie or whatever.) So I got to have my black tea with tipped cream instead, which felt like a real treat.
Still, I was feeling too lazy to go to the gym. I was thinking of all of my excuses (work, comfort, errands, etc.) and then I thought, "If you always do what you've always done, then you're always going to get what you've always gotten." I think I heard this here: http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/
So I decided to grin and bear it, and I got my act together, and got on my damn bike. I'm so glad I did. It was cold and crispy out, but right away it snapped me out of my morning grogginess. I loved riding through our neighborhood, still shrouded in fog, and seeing the day come to life. The mailman was just arriving at one corner, the bakery was baking yummy god-knows what, and people were taking their dogs for their morning walks. I loved it.
We got to the gym and worked out, and yes it was work, and no, it wasn't fun. But as I was on the elliptical I had an epiphany: when I'm moving (and I mean physically moving) I think of the moves I need to make in my life. And when I'm not moving, I don't. This may not sound profound to many, but it's profound to me. When I am sitting at home being lazy and working/playing on my laptop, I often have the thought: "I know there was something/many things I needed to do, people I needed to call, errands I needed to run, etc., but I can't remember any of them?"
Then all of a sudden I'm on the elliptical, and all of these things kept popping into my head!
Not only did it get the wheels turning, it helped to boost my energy to actually DO some of these things.
So I guess the moral of the story is this: Go out and DO things, go out and LIVE. Staying in guarantess the same old, same old. But every time you go out that front door, life promises to surprise you with blessings, however big or small they may be. And to get your life moving, get MOVING yourself!


Char said...

You go girl! I wish we lived close enough that we could go for morning walks/runs together without having to get in the car!!

Yeni said...

Thanks for writing Char Char! I wish we lived closer too!

CCH said...

your blog is adorable! i love the pictures!

Yeni said...

Thank you CCH! And thanks for coming by. :)