February can be a gloomy month. Winter has overstayed its welcome and is in for the long hall. There are no real holidays to look forward to in February (except Valentine’s Day IF you are in a good relationship.) If you are not careful, you can easily fall into a depression in February.
When I started working at my current job, one of my colleagues mentioned that I always seemed to be in a good mood and asked why.
My response – I woke up today and had no reason to be in a bad mood.
While we work on our future happiness, we must never forget to appreciate each day we are given. There is something to celebrate every day of our lives.
When you are working on your goals, don’t forget to affirm some fun in your life. Life is meant to be fun. Never forget that.
Today, for instance is national umbrella day, a day to pay tribute to that clever invention that we all take for granted.
Umbrella your mind
Umbrellas were invented 4000 years ago as parasols, used to protect people from the sun. The Chinese waterproofed their umbrellas with wax and lacquer so they could be used for rain protection.
You can create an imaginary mental umbrella to protect your thoughts.
If you feel the searing heat of criticism, simply protect yourself with a mental umbrella.
When you begin to see the gray clouds of depression and self-doubt, simply open your mental umbrella.
Just like with a real umbrella, don’t forget to offer shelter when you see a friend struggling in a storm.
When I was a kid, someone invented these dome umbrellas. They were clear and covered both your head and shoulders. You could look out the front and they kept you dryer than a regular umbrella. Wonder what happened to them, they were a good idea.
There is no reason that your mental umbrella can’t cover your shoulders, too. Your mental umbrella can be as big as you need it to be. It can keep you dry as you look through it to see where you are going.
Maybe you can wear an invisible umbrella hat. Who says you have to wait for rain? If you keep your mental umbrella
hat on at all times, you can protect yourself at all times.
You can also create a collapsible mental umbrella that you can fold up in your mind and carry conveniently with you. This way you will be prepared for any unexpected storm.
Good mothers never have umbrellas
Umbrellas are something that you don’t think about unless it is raining.
Kids always leave their umbrellas in school or on the bus unless it is still raining when they come home.
As a result, on the next rainy day, MOM has to give up HER umbrella so that the kids stay dry.
I am not being sexist here, it’s just that men tend not to carry umbrellas as much as women.
Make sure that you protect your kids from the negativity that is all around them. Share your mental umbrella with them as well. Cover their heads with good thoughts and encouragement.
Imagine the possibilities…
- You could decorate your dinner with those little paper umbrellas
- Gather the family and decorate umbrellas
- Have an umbrella fashion show party for your friends
- Play a video of Singing in the Rain and dance along
More things to celebrate…
Have some fun every day. Be silly. Be creative. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Feb. 11 – Don’t cry over spilled milk day
- Feb. 12 – Lost Penny Day (find loose change and donate it to charity)
- Feb. 13 – Get a Different Name Day
- Feb. 15 – National Gum Drop Day
- Feb. 17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day
- Feb. 21 – Love Your Pet Day
- Feb. 22 – Be Humble Day
- Feb. 22 – World Thinking Day
- Feb. 26 – Tell a Fairy Tale Day
- Feb. 27 – No Brainer
- Feb. 28 – National Tooth Fairy Day
Even better, why not create your own zany holiday to celebrate every day?
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- Days to Celebrate in February (wizzley.com)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH CONTEST
In honor of Black History Month, I will share with you the list of the 21 African-Americans who influenced me the most in addition to my regular blog posts.
The first person to guess who #1 will be will receive a FREE Purpose Driven Woman Boot Camp courtesy of Taquila Coleman (a $47 value.) Simply post your guess in the comments section. Include your Facebook page, web page or twitter name and I will give you a shout out – right or wrong.
15. Sidney Poitier
16. Oprah Winfrey
17. Paul Laurence Dunbar
18. Maya Angelou
19. Langston Hughes
20. Nikki Giovanni
21. Marian Anderson
WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE #1?