Cheers to you! Five Minute Friday

Cheers to you!
I shared with you that last week everything seemed “wrong”.
Well, this week everything seems oh so right!
Today’s prompt for instance, from Five Minute Friday.
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We have been answering some questions to this point.
How are you feeling about them? Pointless, making you think, excited to see where it’s going?
First, let’s take a step back, look at your questions and answers.
Did you put “have fun” anywhere in there?

Have fun
Window shopping with my girl.

Because here is the point where I had to sit back and ask myself if all this search for “happy” was going to be a whole lot of work, because I was not having fun.
Now some will tell you that “fun” is childish, but let me tell you something… laughter is where it’s at when you are in search of “happy”.
Maybe that was obvious to you, maybe you did write down “have fun” in one form or another. Maybe that was your “happy”.
I had forgotten how to have fun.
I had to remind myself to have fun.
Crazy huh?
How can you possibly ‘cheer up’ if you forgot how to have fun?

And while we are at it let’s talk about that phrase ‘cheer up’.
You and I both know that when you are in the pit called depression,
one does not just ‘cheer up’.
DO NOT think that is what I just told you to do.
If you have depression or even think you might have depression, stop now, and go to a doctor.
Once they have diagnosed you and given you the proper treatment, come back.
You can NOT beat depression without proper treatment because it is a physical, chemical imbalance. It is NOT just a bad mood to cheer yourself up out of.

Moving on…
Finding “happy” does require a certain amount of ‘cheer’.
So here are your questions for today.
What gives you JOY?
What makes you feel like a kid?
What makes you giggle?
What cheers you up?

If you are like me,  you might not really know.
I had really forgotten.
I have not been sharing my answers with you because I really want you to find your own.
However, I will share a few things that I do to have fun when I’m feeling down.
Because you need to get beyond feeling “silly” sometimes.

Sing loud and proud with the windows down as you go about your errands.
Watch silly youtube videos.
(babies laughing, gets me every time)
Sing and dance while you are doing your least favorite chore around the house.
and just for kicks…
facebook settings >> languages >> English (pirate), I giggle every time I look at facebook.

I know, about now you are thinking “she’s just lost it.” That’s ok, I’m good with that.
Trust me.
Go be silly for just a little bit.
I’m not saying you live your whole life in silly, but when you are looking for happy it helps when you can find your giggles.

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.” Horace


About ~Me~ Hello, my name is Maxine. I am: Catholic and a stubborn child of God a wife (to my highschool sweetheart) a mom (to six wonderful kids that span 20 years in age) a daughter a sister a business owner an artist and a writer Like most women with a list like that, I'm also busy and sometimes overwhelmed. I'm on a journey to be happy despite the chaos, maybe even because of it.

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  3. Wonderful post, Maxine! It gave me an infusion of cheer.

    And so did something else, today…as I was facing the abyss – again – God winked.

    His wink took the form of a baby Bullmastiff, who had been lost and alone for far too long. She can barely walk, but she’s drinking strawberry Pedialyte (and it gave her her name, ‘Strawberry Hill’), and has taken food.

    Right now she is sleepily wagging her – large – tail in her sleeping crate, which is in the kitchen. She has six pals in her berthing space – six other formerly lost pups who now occupy the adjacent breakfast nook. They talk to her. What might they be saying?

    We eat with trays balanced on our laps. And I have one more reason to keep fighting.

    Three cheers for a safe place, and a haven! Who could ever say no?

    1. I love it when God winks. Although I tend to be stubborn so occasionally I miss the winks and end up with a loving smack upside the head. 🙂 The pup sounds like she found a good place. Thanks for sharing her story, and yours.

  4. Being silly can be such a great stress reliever. The other day, I decided to do some drawing–just for fun. While it didn’t bring on giggles, it did change my mood. I don’t ever want to leave all the fun to childhood. Thanks for reminding to keep fun in my day.

    1. YES! The changing of the mood is really what it’s about!
      Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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