Poems in January, Walks in June

Summer Blooms.

It’s June, and even in this California drought, the local flora are thriving. The longer summer days just seem to make the plants so happy. As Sartre once said, “To read a poem in January is as pleasant as to take a walk in June.”

It’s also nearly the completion of a hundred days of positivity challenge I decided to do, well, close to one hundred days ago. The gist of it was to write down one positive thing you’d experienced for one hundred days. Since popular science says it takes about two weeks for something to become a habit, I did notice earlier on in this challenge that I was looking for the silver lining more than I used to before starting it.

It’s not like every day was made better because I knew I had to find one positive thing to attribute to it, but even fairly mediocre or terrible days were balanced out by being able to remind myself that it wasn’t in fact the end of the world. There will always be stumbling blocks in life, and it’s easy to get frustrated by them. I found that it became easier for me to set it aside, and try to focus on what I did have going for me as I invested more time in this challenge.

It also happened that I got engaged during this challenge (at the end of May/June 1st, to be precise) and while that decision had been in the works for a while, it was amazing to see the outpouring of well wishes from both of our friends and family members. Now I’m just hoping I won’t become a bridezilla in the process of getting to the altar.

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