"Be so busy loving life that you have no time for hate, fear or regret" drifted past my screen as I browsing around for my morning inspiration. Isn't that beautiful? When we think of our day and how busy we were, how much of that time was spent in stress instead of joy?
I asked the other day on Facebook how people react when they are stressed and the majority of women answered "Cry". We cry when we're stressed out - I totally get that. The stress keeps building up until it's only outlet is through our eyes.
What if instead we laughed? Or stopped and watched a sunset? What if we ignore all of the little annoyances and just sat down for a few minutes to enjoy our day? What if we filled our days with perfect little moments?
What if we didn't allow ourselves to get so filled with stress that we explode into tears? That's a good notion. I mean, what if we could just be happy?
I'm not perfect... I get stressed and lose my way. I get wrapped up in negative gossip and get pissed when the driver in front of me clearly doesn't know how to drive. I cry and shut down and call my friends to vent. But I also catch myself in the stress cycle quicker than I used to. I practice letting things go with a deep breath. I stop doing the dishes to watch the sunset with my husband. I put down the computer to give my puppies cuddles during the day.
Life is all about redirection. If I am so busy being happy, loving my life, then truly at the end of the day I have less and less time for stress. I can redirect those negative habits of complaining into moments of joy.
What do you think? Can you redirect some of that stress energy into something happy? Can you laugh instead of cry?