I know. I know. I haven’t kept my promise about the “Weekly Daffodil” post. Even though I haven’t been posting about them, I have given myself a “daffodil” on a daily basis. Sometimes simple, sometimes extravagant. I hope you have been doing the same.
You know how people have favorite movies. Well, I have favorite scenes from movies. Do you remember that floating lantern scene in the Disney movie “Tangled”?
There’s just something so wonderful and even magical about that scene. I get teary-eyed every time I watch it. Maybe it’s because that scene recalls to mind something dear that was lost, or maybe it’s the imagery of watching your hopes and dreams floating away? It could also just be that I’ve had a crush on Zachary Levi ever since I first saw him in NBC’s TV Show “Chuck” 🙂
I’ve been on the lookout for paper lanterns ever since. A couple weeks ago, I was in this little boutique and guess what were hanging from their ceiling? Paper lanterns! There was no questioning or hesitation; I just bought them. They are now hanging on my ceiling, and they make me so happy every time I look at them. I love how they brighten up the room!
So these have been my favorite “daffodil” during the past couple weeks. How about you?
A couple years ago, I read a book written by Dr. Claire Weekes. She made a point that I have never forgotten: it is important for people, especially those with depression and anxiety disorders, to do something for themselves each day. She called it “Don’t Forget the Violets.” Probably for me it would be: “don’t forget the sweet peas or daffodils.” But anyways, I don’t think it is a far stretch to assume that people with chronic pain should do the same. I’m not saying to go neglect your responsibilities to your family & work or go bankrupt while spoiling yourself with expensive gifts. However, do take a few minutes each day to pamper yourself. It can cost you very little or be absolutely free. Go ahead; take that bubble bath and escape from the stresses of the day for a little while. Have coffee or tea with a friend. Wrap up in a blanket and read a chapter in your favorite book. Take a 10 minute stroll outside and enjoy the scenery. Buy a bunch of tulips to brighten your house. What are some fun, inexpensive activities you enjoy doing? Have you tried this before, and how did you feel afterwards? Some activities that brighten my day are: listening to a favorite piece of music, trying a new recipe in the kitchen, sitting by the lake, etc. I am hoping to make “Don’t Forget the Daffodils” at least a weekly post, writing about activities I find enjoyable and that brighten my day. So, I leave you with a video that makes me smile every time I watch it: Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand singing the duet “Get Happy/Happy Days are Here Again.” Enjoy!