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“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

A shorts-wearing Canadian, Calgary, Alberta - Jan. 24, 2015

A shorts-wearing Canadian, Calgary, Alberta – Jan. 24, 2015

Today it’s supposed to be 16c, that’s 61f!

I haven’t been outside yet, but just the thought of going outside on a warm January 25th lifts my spirits several rungs up the ladder!

I get so excited about warmer temperatures.

I’m not the only one, yesterday it was 10c/50f and some of my countrymen even wore shorts.

It occurs to me that in not one, but two previous posts, I have been bracing myself for  I-can’t-feel-my-feet-and-hands-my-lips-are-frozen-to-my-teeth-and-it-hurts-my-lungs-to-inhale-the-air kind of days; worrying about something that hasn’t even happened.

I wonder how often I do that in everyday life.

They say that 90% of the things we worry about never come to pass.

How often do I worry about imagined future sadness and failure and strive to protect myself from it? And when I do so, how often does it rob me of joy in the now?

Do you find yourself doing the same thing?


If you need me, you know where to find me; outside and happy in the NOW