No, I'm not joking. But, it's probably not what you think either.
I'm serious! And actually, this is what started it all. I heard rumor that some doctors actually prescribe apple juice as an anti-depressant. So here's my logic, people who are depressed take anti-depressants to become... happier, right? So, if I start taking "anti-depressants" shouldn't I, as a rather un-depressed person already, become even happier?
Therefore, my life of bliss.
I'm an indecisive person as far as new year's resolutions go. Part of me says "Why not? It's a good excuse to get some motivated goals." The other part of me says "Nobody keeps theirs anyway, so just make goals all year round when they don't have that silly nobody keeps them clause."
So, no resolutions for me. However, I'm using the start of the year to make a big decision. (Call it a resolution if you like.)My decision? I'm going to live a life of bliss.
And I've decided to do it with "anti-depressants".
We covered #1 already, Apple Juice.
-Simplify. I'm going to simplify my life. It may take me ages. But, I'm going to do it. I have so much clutter and so many of those "just can't throw it away" items. I think I'll ask for a cedar chest for my birthday. Because then I have limited space and I can pick the MOST important things to save.
-Give. Of myself, that is. What fun is it for me to live a blissful life if nobody else is? I've learned, that people like to be selfish. I like to be selfish. People want to talk about themselves and to be listened to. I know I do! I'm learning how to care more in conversations. Not to simply cover all the pleasantries, but to really have meaningful conversations.
-Remember. I'm going to remember who I am. I am a Daughter of God. Elder Oaks says it much more eloquently than I ever could, so I'm going to share this incredibly fitting quote.
“Consider the power of the idea taught in our beloved song ‘I Am a Child of God.’ … Here is the answer to one of life’s great questions, ‘Who am I?’ I am a child of God with a spirit lineage to heavenly parents. That parentage defines our eternal potential. That powerful idea is a potent antidepressant. It can strengthen each of us to make righteous choices and to seek the best that is within us. Establish in the mind of a … person the powerful idea that he or she is a child of God, and you have given self-respect and motivation to move against the problems of life”
So, here's to 2010 (and beyond) and to a life of bliss! Join me? What are some of your anti-depressants?