Many many many many years ago, just prior to our launch into the real world (from university life), we stayed a few transitional days with my great aunt. She’d lived long and prospered. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) She’d also traveled widely on account of her hubby’s job. She’d lived in great places. She’d lived in sucky places.
She had one simple bit of advice for us going off into the Big World: Bloom where you are planted.
I’ve had cause to reflect on her advice MANY times in the years that have passed. Because we’ve lived in some great places. We’ve lived in some blooming challenging places. I have not quite yet achieved the venerable age of my great aunt, but this photo of the hubs reminded me of her and I thought I’d share her advice and my own bit:
You can be happy anywhere because it’s not where you are that makes you happy or sad. It’s what you believe/think about where you are that makes you happy or sad.
It can be frustrating to realize we are in charge of our own blooming challenges. It is so much easier to blame external events or locations. But it really is possible to be happy despite (because of?) our blooming challenges. Trust me. I’m old. And I’ve lived long and mostly prospered. 🙂
Have you had blooming challenges? Are you going through one now? Would you like to kick me for being cheerful? Leave a comment. You won’t get to kick me, but you will be entered into my monthly AnaBanana gift basket giveaway. Winner is announced in the first blog post of the new month.
When Pauline isn’t facing down blooming challenges, she funnels any angst into her fictional mayhem. In fact, you can probably track her challenges through her books. The more she hoses her characters, the more blooming the challenge. (grin) You can be added to her new release mail list here on this blog or over on her website at paulinebjones.com.
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