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A snail's pace.

Time fly’s, but as for me, I’m traveling at a snail’s pace. Sometimes I feel that if I were any slower I’d be movin’ backwards (which is actually the truth some days).

I don’t know about you, but I feel that there is just SO much to do and so much I want to do as well. Sometimes overwhelm is just a thought away. I try to avoid that thought.

I blame the rheumatoid disease for the lethargy I feel which is true because when the disease is under control more so, I have a lot more energy. Over the last month I’ve chipped away at stuff I need to get done and stuff I want to get done in between periods of intense pain and inflammation.

Sometimes I’m okay with the snail’s pace because it gives me a chance to pause and be present in the moment. Other times, it just frustrates me. The frustration can quickly lead down a spiraling path to you know where, so I’ve been considering resurrecting my 100 day gratitude challenge. Would anyone like to join in?

There are a couple of new developments in my life for which I’m really really grateful. One is that I’ve got a new juicer. I’ll post a blog with more on that topic later. The other is, I have a guest post on Bliss Habits.

The topic at Bliss Habits this week is “moxie”. I wrote a personal story about the year I fought for my son’s life. The title is, “It takes Moxie to confront the school board and follow your Bliss.” (click here to read).

Bliss Habits, is where Kathy Sprinkle is conducting an experiment to cultivate the habit of bliss. Her goal is to add more bliss to everyday life and help others who want to play along. Bliss is defined as;

 supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment.

Kathy determined there are 13 virtues that lead to bliss. Each week Bliss Habits explores one of the 13 virtues. Here they are;

My Thirteen Virtues of Bliss are:

joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry,

community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, and surprise

Kathy states on her welcome page;

Each week I concentrate on one of these virtues. I find resources for study, sources of inspiration and I come up with games to play. I create “Bliss Initiatives,” which are concrete things anyone can do in their own life to foster a particular bliss virtue. Some of these things will be simple; perhaps something like Smile at three strangers today and others will be more time-consuming; make a list of the things that bring you joy today, or more complicated: hand make a greeting card and deliver it in person.

Bliss Habits is chock full of inspiration and practical ideas to bring happiness, joy and contentment to ones life. It has its basis on an idea from Earl Nightingale’s book, The Strangest Secret.

We become what we think about.

Kathy reckons that;

It is not possible to do everything I come up with. We all have busy lives and this project is intended to inspire not overwhelm! Some weeks I have a dozen lofty ideas but am unable to even complete one. I believe in Earl Nightingale’s old adage that we become what we think about so even the inquiry has an effect.

I agree with Kathy, as long as we keep trying that’s all that really matters.  Someone once said;

Progression, not perfection, is the goal.

So if you want to be inspired and add some bliss to your day check out Bliss Habits. If you want to read my guest post check it out here.