HeartNote, April 8, 2019: Just Be Happy

When I’ve been asked to adhere to the aforementioned title of this essay, it used to really piss me off.

I would think to myself, “What do you mean by that? Are you implying that the issues that I take exception with are insignificant? Is it your view that I am inherently unhappy? And who are you to tell me that I, a person of great importance and huge ego, should adjust my focus from solving the problems at hand that require seriousness, focus, sobriety in my thinking, actions, and attention? Well? Are you going to answer that? Or do I have to start being crabby?”

I don’t think that anymore. Although I miss my daily expression of righteousness, hoping that my haughty and officious demeanor would someday create a following or maybe a fan club, my thoughts are elsewhere.

The mantra is…well, let’s see if you can guess.

And it’s based on where those thoughts are placed. And, so you know, some days this is a real bitch. There are days that, the minute I get out of bed, my head is miles ahead of me. The Trifecta of Emotional Misery-Anger, Depression and Anxiety-have already started the race for my sanity, have passed the first turn and are about to hit the back stretch.

And my feet have yet to hit the floor.

Our heads swirl. Our eyes open and we begin to think about what we need to do, get ready for, and prepare to address with our back straight, head clear, body caffeinated, and our eyes focused. We haven’t thought about that deep breath or the five-second-assessment of “ahhh.” We haven't risen in embrace of the beautiful statement of morning joy by the beautiful Thich Nhat Hanh, peacefully expressing, “Waking up this morning, I smile.”

We need an immediate reminder. A reminder that gently reminds us to, “Just Be Happy.”

Let go. Breathe Deeply. Just once. Then arch your back. Place your thoughts where you’d like them to be.

Optimism. Faith. Belief. Ease.

Then focus on one thing to facilitate this transition into the morning. Just one thing.

I’ll share with you mine. Feel free to use it.

This is taped to the ceiling directly above my pillow.


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