Don't Worry........Be Happy

Many people have asked me in different ways "How do you do it?  You just keep getting knocked down in life but some how you manage to get back up and keep going with a smile on your face."

Overall that is a very true statement. Maybe it is the stubborn Irish/Cherokee Indian blood that allows me to never quit .... even (especially?) on myself.  However, as much as there is a stubborn spirit inside this earthly body I call home......there is also a very tender heart.  Do I want to cry at times.........absolutely......and I do.   Do I want to sit down in a mud puddle and kick and scream at God for the seemingly injustices in my life that I just honestly don't deserve.......Damn Right I do!  These are all natural emotions and I acknowledge them, experience them and then do my best to release them to free up better experiences to come into my life.

Practically speaking it looks something like this morning. After only five short months of having my own apartment I had to move in with a friend again because of lack of work.  What few belongings I have in the world are in basements, attics and drawer spaces that are not my own.  Once again I will adjust to smells, sounds, routines and environments that are new to me and in the middle of that transition I will still be searching for work from "scratch" in a new area.

To keep my sanity I have learned a few things along the way. One of which is to stop myself. While turning around in circles trying to put my clothes and toiletries away in my new room I was feeling like a failure, depressed, frustrated and seriously anxious.  I wanted to cry (and I still will) but  more than needing to cry I needed to redirect my thoughts.  I turned off the lights in my room, took several deep, cleansing breaths and started purposely thinking about everything I had to be grateful for in the middle of this transition. 

Next, I grabbed my laptop and started looking for quotes about worry and the song Don't Worry, Be Happy came to mind.  I located it on You Tube to listen too and let it lift my spirits.

Don't Worry......Be Happy    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-diB65scQU          

In closing I will leave you with the quote I found:

"Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously."
Og Mandino

Debbie Kesley

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