One of my favorite things and biggest stress relievers is spending an hour perusing the aisles of TJ Maxx. It’s a rare place where you can pick up a new whisk, a 24-inch statue of a wildhorse, and a new pair of pajama pants that you feel speak especially to you. (Plus, each item is usually a bargain, so how much better could it get, right?)
The thing about it is you have to be willing to hunt to find stuff that you love. Akin to some kind of weird domestic treasure hunt, if you look hard enough, you’re sure to emerge with a few gems. As I left my local TJ’s with some gold of my own last week, I thought about how the search is worth it.
And I think the same is true in life. Each day we are presented with aisles and aisles of thoughts, emotions, and actions that we can choose to experience. Some days it’s easier to pick stuff off of the shelves from the hum-drum, negative, woe is me aisle. (Especially during this gray time of year.) We forget that we can leave that stuff alone and search for better and brighter things to fill our carts with. Simply move to another aisle and keep looking.
It takes some work, energy, and sometimes some manufactured motivation, but it’s worth it in the end. The more I read, learn, and listen I realize that positivity, motivation, and feel good feelings like kindness, happiness, and hope are always ours for the taking. They might be hiding under some random pair of sweatpants that someone threw in the wrong space, but if you’re tuned in to looking for them, you’ll eventually find them.
And I promise that you’ll never regret checking out with a load full of that kind of good stuff in your cart.
What aisle are you in this week?
Read It: One of the things that can help us find the right attitude this time of year is purging the stuff we don’t need. This is a book I re-read about once a year: Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke.
Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life
Do It: Creating some simplicity in your life never hurts, and a good meal can do wonders. I accomplished both last night with this crock pot recipe that was a hit. (P.S. I subbed Diet Dr. Pepper, cooked for 7.5 hours and then removed, covered in sauce and cooked at 350 for about 15 minutes.) Now you’re really curious, right?
Think It: “Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.” Earl Nightingale
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