Have you made the choice of happiness and peace, dear reader? I have. It is 4:38 am on Thursday, the 13th of January. Twelve days of the month have passed and I am on track to meet my objectives of putting order back into my life.
Though truth be told, it took all my effort to start. I pushed myself. This was not because of physical exhaustion — but because I have been emotionally damaged (I am being somewhat overdramatic!) by the restricted lifestyle in Elsewhere. Finally, I decided that even though I cannot have a normal, colorful life and the usual freedoms that go with it, I will not allow Elsewhere to cause me to lose my self-respect.
It was certain I had been adrift for far too long so I decided it was time to put my personal house in order. So much I missed the feeling of living an orderly life, An uplifting life that creates an aura of peace — my theme for 2022. It was time to choose happiness.
GETTING BACK IN THE GROOVE
Admittedly, I had to ‘force’ myself to get back into a normal routine of working out for my health and for my outer look. I felt this would restore the inner happiness I enjoyed before COVID 19. This was how I would choose happiness. It was very difficult for the first month but I did it. And, so can you if need be.
First, I have disciplined myself to drive to Pilates twice a week for an 8:00 am session and to work out at home with Rebeka at 7:00 am twice a week. Once I hit my one-month anniversary, I was back into the groove. I smile more often, I feel inner empowerment and enlightenment. And I’ve lost weight and inches. Things are looking up!
CLEANING OUT MY CLOSET
Next, I devised a two-week plan to sort through my closet. What pushed me to gather up the initiative? We are taking a trip at the end of January and I had no choice… lights, camera, action if you know what I mean!
The clothes in my closet hung untouched for almost two years. Sweet reader, I had lost my enthusiasm. My normal shopping ritual due to COVID 19, stopped dead in its tracks.
I used to walk down streets and gather on whims. I rarely planned a day to shop. In Elsewhere, I have to make an appointment. I am fearful of a gunman walking into the store while I am undressed in a dressing room. Or I wait in a long line outside a shop. Not my style. This is not my happiness.
Before America became Elsewhere, I remember in the past walking by a shop. I noticed a salesman about to hang up a coat. Immediately I was struck with love for this coat! It stopped me dead in my tracks! How lucky was that, dear reader? I walked in, introduced myself to the salesman, and walked out with the coat, on sale for 40% off! It is still my favorite. A black Georgio Armani winter coat. It is five years old and I love it as much as the day I saw it. I cannot shop that way anymore.
ONE STEP AT A TIME
I worked slowly in my closet over two weekends because weekdays are filled with work, etc.
1. The first weekend I sorted through my clothes, organizing them by color and style. Coordination helped beautify my small closet. And so did the thin black and white hangers and the quilted patterned floral motif ones I bought on Amazon.
2. The following weekend I tried on my sorted clothing from my work the week before. I looked at my handbags and went through my drawers in our bedroom and in my bathroom. It was a very busy few days. But, I did it. And, I enjoyed the process as I played music on my Google Nest Hub Max. (Which, is $40 off at the time of this publication! Get one here!)
3. During the following week I walked across the street from our condo in the sky to introduce myself to the tailor. I asked him if he would do my pinnings at our home. My Ultimate Concierge had clothes altered and they had become friends. He said yes he would be happy to. And then on one of my whims, I extended him an invitation to have Sunday brunch with us. He smiled and said he would look forward to Sunday.
MY SUNDAY MORNING HAPPINESS
Sunday came. I set the table and was so thrilled to be having company! You would have thought I was having royalty. It had been so long since I entertained guests in our dining room.
I took care in setting a lovely table. I served lox and bagels and scrambled eggs. There were Greek green and black olives, avocado, cottage cheese and other cheeses, fresh grapes, home squeezed orange juice, and coffee. My happiness abounded and I felt serene and peaceful as I prepared a lovely brunch.
We sat down for brunch and never in my wildest dreams did I expect our Sunday brunch to be so extraordinary! This tailor has traveled in style! I knew nothing about his background until today and I will muse about it on Sunday Morning. It was a delightful brunch and I added the tailor to my list of interesting people.
MY CHOICE FOR HAPPINESS
To me, the effort of putting order back into my life this past month has been transformative. It has simplified and uncomplicated my life and brought me peace. I no longer feel stressed. This is best described as nourishing.
I solved a problem. It took all my willpower, I swear. I feel an energy in the air. An energy I have not felt in almost two years. It is a start.
My self-esteem is once again flourishing. Orderliness creates this. I am using my New Year’s system; my word is peace. Peace comes in many weird places, even in a woman’s closet and early morning workouts. La De Da. I am smiling.
Last night my Ultimate Concierge and I ventured out with friends for dinner. As we were leaving our condo I said, “I forgot my mask! Do you have yours? And, do you have our cards to prove we were vaccinated?” I could not believe what I was saying. “I have photos of our vaccination cards on my phone but who knows what ‘big brother’ will demand!” Who would have thought…
Alas, it is what it is, dear reader. And we will get through. We can be happy — but we have to make that choice.
How do you continue to choose peace and happiness? Please share with me in the comments!
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