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Monday, July 13, 2015

Happy Thoughts and Happy Memories

Happy Thought
"The world is so full of a number of things,
I'm sure we'll all be happy as kings."
Robert Louis Stevenson
 Sweet Longings

What happy memories do you have that put you in a place of sweet longing to reconnect with a time, place or person? When was your time when 'your world was so full of a number of things you were happy as a king'?

It is so important to periodically stop and savor good memories to let them color your experience of life the further you travel down the road. Life can weigh you down as you move into the age of responsibility--leaving you a little worse for wear. But your care-free, happy memories can buoy you back up and ease the way forward.

Happy Thoughts Create More Happy Thoughts

The mind is a wondrous thing--if you focus on unhappy or negative thoughts you'll create more negative thoughts; if you focus on happy thoughts you'll create more happy thoughts. Choose to train your brain to rediscover your happy place where the world is so full of wondrous things you can't help but stay engaged in exciting endeavors.

Fond Memories

One of my fond memories I pull up to savor is of my mother reading Robert Louis Stevenson's 'A Child's Garden of Verses' to me and my siblings in the evening before bedtime. I can still feel the softness of that experience in which I spent time with my mother enveloped in unnamed feelings of warmth, love and safety. All is well with the world in that memory.

'The Swing' is one of Stevenson's poems that left a visual memory for me that regularly comes forth when I am out for a walk or spending time in the garden.  I offer it to you here in hopes you can share a moment of light, care-free feeling of a time of innocence and remember the world is YOUR oyster!

The Swing
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside—

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown—
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Ms Going on 80 said...

Hey my friend, Just thinking about YOU, and some of our great times, makes me smile and feel good all over. Carry on!

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Back at you Peg! We enjoyed many, many great times! Here's to many more!

Jean | said...

Sue, I *love* this post! I had forgotten the swing poem. Just reading that now brings up beautiful memories of flying in the swing on a magical spring day. And what a good reminder you've given me to make my happy thoughts multiply!