Look on the Bright Side…
January 8, 2014
That’s what I’m focusing on at the moment… the bright side of life. Admittedly it’s a bit difficult when it’s dark as I leave “Hudson HQ” and head to the day job; just as dark when I drive home; and when the weather is foul…
It would appear (if television and newspapers are to be believed) that we are in the middle of something of an annual “bleak week”. Apparently this is the worst week of the year… Glad Tidings have long since passed; “Happy Holidays” are fast-fading memories; the reality of the cost of Christmas is hitting our bank balance; and (whether or not we love what we do) the festive break is over and it’s back to our “normal” routine. All of these combine to make us utterly miserable. Divorce Lawyers cite it as their busiest time; debt assistance organisation are commenting on the sheer volume of people contacting them; all in all… I can see why things might look bleak.
I have to confess that if I wanted to feel miserable there are a good number of things I could dwell on that would guarantee a rapid descent to “down in the dumps”… but I’ve been making a conscious effort to “look on the bright side” and found it was easier than I thought.
And whilst the list isn’t going to change the world, or make the sky suddenly brightest blue and full of sunshine… it definitely lightened things up. So I thought I’d share them.
- We are heading to summer – the shortest day has passed which means the sun is on its way back to us and that makes me happy.
- After spending time with family and friends, everyone now seems to be opting for a period of “quiet time” and staying at home. This means I don’t have to venture out in the nasty weather; I don’t have to buy bottles of wine when we’re visiting others and, as we aren’t planning on having any visitors for the next few weeks, I’m taking a far more relaxed approach to housework (particularly vacuuming and dusting) – this is not a permanent arrangement… but I have to admit I’m rather enjoying being “slightly slovenly”.
- In terms of my weight loss journey – this time of year is fantastic. I’m fed up (quite literally) of rich food and sweet treats – I’m really enjoying tasty nutritious and weight-loss friendly food (namely jacket potatoes; winter salads, hearty casseroles and I’ve decided good ol’ baked beans are the work of Angels).
- In terms of my weight loss and my bank balance… All the supermarkets seem to be jumping on board the “lose weight New Year resolution” theme… and the result is that fruit and vegetables are on special offer; my favourite multi-pack yoghurts are on a buy-one-get-one-free (so I bought three-got-three-free); extra-lean mince is half-price and I even managed to pick up a bargain turkey which is in the freezer ready to be turned into burgers, casserole, curry (although just not this week… I’m not sure Lovely Husband is quite ready for “Turkey Round Two”).
- In terms of exercise… I picked up a couple of workout DVDs in the sales at a ridiculous knocked-down price. From what I can see they are in the “bargain bucket” because they are a few years old; feature a former-celebrity who doesn’t make the A-lists anymore; and don’t come with any “extras” doesn’t make them any less effective when it comes to working up a sweat for thirty minutes in my living room.
- In terms of slow and steady progress… I am delighted to report that a jumper has made it from the confines of the “too tight to wear” wardrobe and is now in my “will wear it for work” wardrobe. It is the first item that has returned from the wasteland that is the spare bedroom wardrobe and I’m hopeful it will be the first of many……
As I said, in terms of world peace; global harmony and earth-shattering revelations… my list doesn’t amount to very much indeed. But to me, each one of them put a little smile on my face and lightened my day a little… and collectively they all help to add up to brighten my day (and the days ahead).
So if you feel yourself heading for a slump; if the excitement of Christmas and New Year has faded leaving you feeling a bit jaded…
Have a five minute ponder and hunt out a few “bright bits” of your own. You might be surprised at how the small things really can make a big difference.
With a Hug