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70+ Lady Running (a how to get happy exercise)

September 29, 2011

Stole a minute of someone else’s happiness around lunch today.

A red light.

A casual look to my right.

70+ year old woman out jogging. Beautiful bright white hair. Brand-new Nike sneaks. White jumpsuit.

She was obviously out doing something she really liked and that made her happy.

In turn, it made me happy.

Two things hit me:

• When we’re out doing the things we love to do we’re really showing everyone who we are.  It takes courage to show the world who we are and what we want. I’m going through a bit of this right now writing the Momtra book and growing my design business ( re-launching soon).

• The other thing that struck me was that, I don’t know, maybe half? of our lives we’re “stealing”, borrowing, joining-in on someone else’s happiness. Our happiness doesn’t always come from our goings-on or successes though as we said in the Walking Momtra video we always, and in all ways, have the power of mind to choose happiness. For any of us that are not feeling as content as maybe others tell you you should be right now, try pushing to be a bigger part of community. Maybe that’s what’s missing. Especially for us parents, community can fill our glass.

We need to be an active part of our search for happiness. Sometimes that’s getting out there, being a part of community and other times it’s simply allowing small things like seeing a 70 year old woman out jogging to truly affect us. You could insert flower, song, grey day, juvenile laugh. Try it. Next time you see or hear something, anything, that touches you, let it sink in deeper.

• Remember it three more times that day. (Write it down)

– Why did you like it? Did it remind you of something? Something you want to do more often?

-What did you learn? Something you want to do more often?

-What was particularly beautiful about it or them? Something or someone you want to see more often?

-How could what you saw affect you for the better in your goings-on tomorrow? Something you want to make more a part of your routine?

In remembering and thinking about it while you drive, cook, shower, you pave a way, you create a type of muscle-memory to happiness. Not only will you start to be bombarded by simple beauty but you’ll WANT to find it. The key to this exercise is to visualize what you saw or heard a few times during the same day.

Now you ready for the best part?



The sweet lady jogging (at a good clip I might add) was doing it while holding a cell phone to her ear. (took me over the edge)

The answer to old age is to keep one’s mind busy and to go on with one’s life as if it were interminable. I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was dying of tuberculosis.
~ Leon Eden

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