Wednesday, October 22, 2014

100 Happy Days Fallout

I announced a little over a month ago that I was starting on the #100HappyDays challenge again. I was so excited about focusing on gratitude and encouraging others to do the same. The website chided me. “Can you be happy for 100 days in a row? You don’t have time for this, right? 71% of people who tried to complete this challenge, failed quoting lack of time as the main reason.”
“PFFFFFFFT! I can be happy,” I thought. 100 Days? Bring it on!

On the journey, however, I noticed something startling. I was stressed out about being happy! Sounds crazy right?  Let me explain .

Each day, I would have moments to be thankful for (being alive, the softness of the bed at the end of a long day, a good meal, date night with Ash, time with friends, a fun workout, no traffic, etc.).  Half can’t be photographically documented and everything else would be a daily repeat. So then, it becomes about taking pictures of nature:

“Oh! I am so happy about the changing leaves! #autumn #leaves #foliage #colors #100HappyDays”


 “What a gorgeous sunset.  #100HappyDays #nature #sunset #beautiful”

After a while, I was spending more time looking for something tangible to be grateful for and freaking out about the daily photo deadline. It all became a bit exhausting so I stopped…and I was grateful for that though it couldn’t be captured in photos (unless I snapped a pic of a stop sign).
I did confirm some lessons through the process:  

1. My time is better spent living in the moment rather than on Instagram documenting it. 

2. My gratitude practice is better left for journaling and talking. 

3. Pictures are great when the mood hits but sometimes, it’s just about a feeling and that is perfectly fine.

Maybe that was the point all along? 

No matter what works for you, I hope you’re finding your happy today!  

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