Follow your heart II

Oh top of what I said earlier, I thought of a quote from Jane Austen when I was putting Drew to bed tonight.

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”

Jane Austen

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Happiness

I was at Barnes and Noble today because I was feeling a little down…and sometimes that’s what I do when I feel down… I love bookstores, I love knowledge, I love books, I love the setting and the whispers. I love the smell of coffee and the smell of books. I can go in there without buying anything and leave a little bit happier.

Ironically enough, today I stumbled upon a book called, be happy. It is a tiny book based on magazine cartoons by Monica Sheehan, just to help you live a happy life. Everyone every once in a while needs a reminder that it really is the simple things that really do make for a happier life. “Show up, do things you’re good at, dance, get a good nights sleep and keep learning”.

So here I am to give you a few reminders a few days at a time, when I remember, to hopefully bring you out of any gloominess this nasty winter weather, a cold, or a disappointment may bring on. A simple thing to remember is:

  1. Follow your heart.

This one is pretty obvious but can never be said too often. This goes way beyond your love life. We should always remember to follow our heart when it comes to the biggest or smallest decisions: selecting friends, telling the truth, making choices, voting, choosing a job, giving advice to a friend, and many more. I always encourage people to dig deep and reflect on what they really want and what they really feel.

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right—for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

That’s the nice way to say “damned if ya do, damned if ya don’t…” at least this way you feel good about yourself on the inside when it’s all said and done.