This year, as a family, we decided to change our mindset. Inspired by a post I found on Reddit, we are taking every day to note down one thing that makes us happy that day. The notes are going to be stored in a box and, next year, we will open it up. Val, Carter, and I are each doing it so, in the end, we’ll have over 1000 cards of moments that made us happy.
Yesterday, my mother took Carter to her house to spend the night. Val told me he did his Happy card for the day before he left. She held it up to show me:
Val had picked up one for him from Wawa in the morning and that was his happy moment for the day.
As parents, believers, writers, creators, and dreamers we tend to get trapped in complications. We find our big ideas and, in our insecurities, can find trouble just as easily. The voice of doubt waits to strike the instant it gets a chance.
Want to know one of the most critical points in life? That minute after inspiration. That second you articulate your dream and the silence that follows.
I want to…write a book, change my career, join a life group, be a better spouse, find love…but…
at this point we need to fight the followup. Ignore the excuses. Quiet the noise.
Soak in the joy from giving your dream voice and permission. Allow yourself to dream. Visualize your success. What could life look like on the other end of the journey? On the way, don’t forget to enjoy the small things and have a donut every once in a while.