We all have days when we wake up feeling a little blue. This past Monday was one of those days for me. It had been a busy weekend and I could feel that my happy energy was not flowing. I knew my mood would be elevated at our weekly A Course in Miracles study group at Unity of Houston, but I didn’t want to wait until 7:30 PM to feel better. 

Due to my ankle injury, I hadn’t been able to walk in Hermann Park for weeks. I knew part of my lethargy was my body wanting to get moving again. Monday felt like the day, so I did my best to overcome inertia, laced up my tennis shoes and got out there. I didn’t realize how much I missed those beautiful live oak trees draped with Spanish moss until I was underneath their graceful arched branches. It felt good to be there. 

Normally when I walk through Hermann Park I pick up assorted pieces of plastic and trash as I go. This particular morning I noticed that I wasn’t feeling very altruistic. However, I know from experience that one of the best ways to feel better is to be of service. With that in mind, I decided I could at least pick up the next plastic water bottle cap I saw on the ground. Sadly there is usually no shortage of them in the park. It didn’t take long before I spotted one. As predicted, when I bent down to pick it up and toss it in a nearby trash can I felt a little better. The shift in my energy was noticeable so I picked up a few more. My happy energy began to trickle again.

When I got home, I decided to watch a recording of the Ellen Degeneres Show while eating lunch. It’s no secret that watching, reading, or listening to something that makes you laugh is another great way to lift your spirits. Ellen’s monologues always amuse me. She has a gift for making something ordinary into something hilarious. My mood continued to improve.

Later in the show, Ellen shared a story about two high school football players who demonstrated an act of extreme kindness to another student who had been bullied his whole life. Their friend captured the incident on video and it went viral on social media, gaining the attention of other celebrities like Will Smith. Seeing their act of kindness be recognized and the resulting miracles that occurred for their entire school filled my heart with joy. You can watch the video by clicking this link. You might want to have a tissue handy. My eyes leak every time I watch it.

Needless to say, by the time Miracle Monday happened at Unity my happy was flowing. It must have been contagious because our group was full of laughter that night. At one point, my friend Joey was laughing so hard I thought he was going to bounce right out of his chair. The evening was also full of powerful miracle stories shared by the participants. I left there buzzing with even more happy, peaceful energy than usual. And to think it all started with a bottle cap.

Is your happy energy not flowing well lately? I invite you to try some of the things I did on Monday. Get outside in nature. Move your body. Watch, read, or listen to something that makes you laugh. Be of service in some way. Perhaps you will have an opportunity to demonstrate an extreme act of kindness. If you live in Houston, join us for Miracle Monday whenever you can at 7:30 PM in Grace Hall. You can also reach out for one-on-one assistance with one of my Life Coaching programs based on A Course in Miracles. For more information look around my website or send me an email with specific questions. It brings me great joy to help others get their happy energy flowing again!

Until next time, may your happy energy flow like Niagara Falls. And if it isn’t, try picking up just a small plastic bottle cap and see what happens. 

Yet even the little spark in your mind is enough to lighten it. Bring this light fearlessly with you, and bravely hold it up to the foundation of the ego’s thought system.

A Course in Miracles ~ T-11.In.3.6

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