The key to joy is being easily pleased.
– Mark Nepo
Let’s take a mental vacation. You’re enjoying one of nature’s greatest views, but the person beside you is struggling, noticing instead everything that’s missing from the experience. Perhaps it’s too hot, or too cold. Maybe they wanted to catch the sunset but just missed it. Maybe they think of the people who are not there to share it with them.
They are trapped in the land of expectations.
What would happen if we stopped to notice each moment without expectations? Relinquish judgement and focus on those things, here and now, that bring us jov.
Injuries from trauma involve judgement. Usually against ourselves, sometimes others.
An essential aspect of recovery involves living in the here and now. Noticing, appreciating, without judgement, all that is beautiful in our day.
Belinda Seagram, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Executive Director, Landing Strong