I Am Happiest When [No.30]

Posted by Jill Chivers in Happy

Well the truth is I haven’t been happy lately.  There, I’ve said it.

If happiness were a wagon, I would have had a definite “falling off” experience lately.

It happens that sometimes I become overwhelmed with life.  It all seems to come crashing down on me, in one big heavy heap.

In these moments, I feel like I’m not coping.  I feel like I can’t go on.  I feel like there’s no point to going on.

It’s not a happy place.  If happiness were the colour yellow, I would be down the opposite end of the bright spectrum, somewhere in the deep gunmetal greys.

But here’s what I’ve learned:  Those dark moments pass.  They don’t last forever.  In fact, these days they pass quite quickly.

And I’ve also learned this important thing about those dark moments: I can weather them with a skerrick of dignity and grace.  This is important.

I don’t have to make a bigger deal out of them than they already are.  I don’t have to throw fuel on the fire and to turn them into a big drama.  And I don’t have to call attention to them.  They are part of my private and authentic experience of  life.

I am happiest when (#30)

I am sharing my story.  Earlier this year I had the incredible experience of participating in a documentary focused on my story (you can read about it here).  This was an incredible journey on so many levels for me.  I loved being the focus of the story, I’m quite comfortable and enjoy being centre stage.  I also loved the focus on the issues of consumption and how our consumption patterns affect our lives.  I believe in the power of the conscious consumption message, and was thrilled that a creative documentary film crew wanted to focus their collective and considerable talents on exploring this issue.  It was also a highly creative and collaborative experience which was nothing short of fantastic for me.

I love telling my story

I love telling my story, this time in a creative documentary


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