What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about what makes you happy? Why do you think that comes to mind?
TASK WEEK ONE
WHAT IS JOURNALING
A journal is a written record of your thoughts, experiences, and observations. You can write in your journal daily, or only when you feel the urge. There are various journaling apps that you can use also.
With journaling, there are no rules, no rights or wrongs. You might decide to share parts of your journal, but, fundamentally, your journal is for you. So you're in charge. Your journal is a space where you're absolutely free to express yourself.
What Makes You Happy?
•my family and friends
•my interests or passions
•the things I have
•the work I do
Here's how others responded.
•the things I have - 0%
•the work I do - 4%
•my interests or passions - 16%
•nothing consistently - 24%
•my family and friends - 56%
1. How would you define the word happiness? How do you think your definition has influenced the ways you’ve chosen to pursue happiness?
2. Are you at peace with yourself, others, and God? If not, what stands in the way?
3. In what are you currently seeking happiness? What is one thing you can do this week to try Jesus as your source of happiness? What can this group do to support you?
•Happiness is about who, not what.
•Happy people are at peace with God, others, and themselves.
•Peace is undermined when we substitute pleasure for fulfillment, things for people, images for intimacy, and self-expression for self-control.
•Jesus valued and prioritized peace with God and others.
•That’s what makes you happy.
So many opinions about how long it takes to change ones thoughts to lean toward well being. Let's take that journey using Nature's Calendar, moving from the last days of winter and walking that path into Spring as it begins to arrive.
Well here in Southern Maryland, the groundhog may have seen his shadow and forecasted six more weeks of winter, but I am loving what is unseasonably on the horizon. Unfortunately the flowers and leaf buds may be poking their heads out a bit too soon.
Hmm, warmth of sunshine on our face is perfect for thinking about a renewal of mind, body and spirit.
Do you ever feel like Alice having tea with the Mad Hatter, after falling down the rabbit hole. "When Alice arrives at the tea party, the Hatter is characterised by switching places on the table at any given time, making short, personal remarks, asking unanswerable riddles and reciting nonsensical poetry, all of which eventually drives Alice away." - (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatter_(Alice's_Adventures_in_Wonderland)
We all have moments in life either at home, work, or out and about, when life just doesn't make sense to the point we just feel it was a crazy day. It can wear you down both mentally and physically.
How about a day, or a week when you feel like life is spinning out of control like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, when it appears her house is spinning inside a moving tornado.
When these moments traipse through our days, spiritually we can feel weighted down. We may actually walk around with our head lower, rounded shoulders and not smiling as often, Our persona perceived by others begins to resemble Eeyore in Winnie The Pooh.