Trawling through my emails, I enjoyed opening the daily lifehack.org edition. There is always something that grabs my attention. The above article by Jenna Drew really resonated with me. Coming from an education background, I have seen those pupils who just do not fit in, have a tough time and are genuinely unhappy in their surroundings. You can watch their body language, how they slink to the side of the classroom, head down, eyes showing an acceptance of their lot.
School is a metaphor for life. There are those who breeze through, those who have great social interaction and those who struggle.
The joy of Josh, the boy whose change of mindset literally changed his life, gives hope to us all. Sometimes enough is enough. But what can you do when you reach your limit? Josh changed school and decided to take the initiative not to be a victim, but to be proactive in kindness.
“ I wanted to reach out to people and show them who I really was.”
This kindness spread like a welcome disease into happiness for the whole school. It would be seriously unrealistic to think that anyone facing their ‘mountain’ can wake up one day and change their whole world with a click of their fingers, but what can be done?
You can make small changes. Small changes can gather momentum as you realise that the world did not implode when something shifted, Maybe you find yourself one step further up the mountain, one step closer to that happiness goal at the peak.
For Josh, something simple as opening a door and issuing a greeting made the difference to his life. Change does not have to be HUGE, in fact you have more chance of success and longevity with small and subtle inroads into your unhappiness. If you look up and see your mountain, take time to mindmap all the things that are causing this angst. Pick one change.
As The Shaman sang:
I will not fail nor falter, I shall succeed
My perception is altered I do believe…
I can move, move, move any mountain
Dream BIG, Sparkle MORE, Shine BRIGHTLY