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It's a snowy day in the northeast. It's more like what we would usually expect, yet far different from the changes we've been experiencing. Have you noticed weather changes wherever you are?

This week's Seed could be related to the weather or almost anything else. 

"Once you switch from seeking a happy life

to appreciating happy moments

everything will improve."

Focusing on our lives as a whole can be overwhelming and make us feel helpless. It's similar to the way we might want to "give up" when we watch the news. Being bombarded with BIG events, all at once, and ones that we probably can't improve or fix, can trigger a need to curl up in a fetal position, under the covers and stay there!

On the other hand, if someone asks us to participate in a yard or bake sale and we know the money raised will help others, especially a very specific group, it can create a sense of satisfaction. Small wins are doable and can lead to large victories. 

Too often we can be led down the path of worrying about how our whole life is going to turn out. As I get older, I realize this is a bit of a curse for the young. We want to see the big picture, now. Since it's impossible to comprehend all the little details at once, we can feel defeated before we even begin. I think this holds a lot of people back and sadly, early on. Until we can grasp the concept of one step, challenge, situation at a time, we won't even try to create a life filled with our dreams and desires. 

A building isn't constructed all at once with everything happening at the same time. The foundation has to be laid. Framework has to go up. Walls have to be filled in. Systems like electrical and plumbing are a separate necessary endeavor and so on. There's a sense of accomplishment after each segment. Imagine if all the builders, from each of these parts of the construction, were told to all do their jobs at once. To say there would be chaos would be an understatement. 

Before I started writing today, I looked up the definition of momentous. The Oxford Dictionary states: "(of a decision, event, or change) of great importance or significance, especially in its bearing on the future."  I love this! Every time we acknowledge a moment for its full worth, especially if it brings joy or satisfaction, we are putting down a stepping stone toward a full and happy life. Just like putting up a building ... every small action ultimately results in something big and useful. In this same way, a happy life can be the payoff of celebrating multiple happy moments -- this is what I wish for you. 

Having trouble appreciating? Sometimes it feels hard. Contact me if you want some help.

Sparkles and Love,


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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

is a sassy Queen-ager whose mission is to co-create a happier, healthier life with and for others.

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