Words of wisdom …

Posted on March 4, 2012


… from Gretchen the Great.

Last night I finished a fabulous read … The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. A New York bestseller for yonks, the book is an account of a year Gretchen spent test-driving studies and theories about how to make your life as happy as it can be.

I won’t spoil it for you as it’s a gorgeous book and I suggest everyone spends a few lazy afternoons lying horizontally and devouring her words. You’ll find yourself nodding with agreement, laughing out loud and recalling past moments regularly, often on the same page.

But in the meantime, you can start ‘livin’ the project’, day in day out thanks to these two top takeaways

1) You can be anything but you can’t be everything

You can choose to be a runner, for example, but that probably means you will never be the girl at yoga class who effortlessly balances on her pinkie finger or who doesn’t grimace on hearing the words hips and opener in the same sentence.

Likewise, if you choose to be a runner, you will never be one of those girls with gorgeous blister-free feet, toenails in tact … and if you choose to do cross-fit or rock climb, you won’t ever have hands free of chipped nails and calluses.

It’s all about compromise I guess … choosing what’s important to you and what makes you happiest. 

In my case? 

The answer lies in my feet!

2) Be Gretchen

The author talks a lot about how hard it can be to just be ourselves. It sounds so simple yet is deceptively difficult. Why?  Because we can control what we do but we can’t control what we LIKE to do.

Sometimes we like the idea of being something or someone but if you can’t be true to yourself, then there’s little hope of ever being really happy. And sometimes other people inflict those ideas on us … over bearing mothers,  controlling fathers, bossy lovers, demanding others … but the MOST IMPORTANT choice you ever make in your whole life is to BE YOU and to turn your back on anything that compromises that.

I’m pretty good at that these days but I still need to remind myself at times to BE TORI (no political statement intended) to keep me going in the direction of my true North.

So there you go.  Food for thought for a Sunday afternoon.  Short and sweet but points definitely worth repeat!

Have a great week. x

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