Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what made me happy during the previous week. Why? Because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier.
Last week began with Mother Nature trying to kill me – or at least scare the crap out of me – but we survived severe storms and flash flooding in San Antonio and were rewarded with an unexpectedly beautiful drive through west Texas.
Yes, west Texas is beautiful.
It seems to be primarily deserted, save for the oil fields and windmills, but the scenery was stunning and completely unfamiliar to the four of us.
After a 14-hour, we arrived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Of all the places in the United States to visit, we chose this one so that Jared and Emma could take that left at Albuquerque, laying to rest their hero Bugs Bunny’s regrets.
Our childish inspiration led us to more inspiring vistas, this time with baby mountains acting as the back drop. Every hour of driving, every tank of gas, was totally worth the chance to spend a little time in this gorgeous place.
This is something this trip has given me, and it has been wholly unepxected. I only came to appreciate nature in the form of white sandy beaches in my twenties after moving to Florida. Now I find I am moved almost daily by a view of Earth just doing what she does. Wherever we settle when this trip is done, I think it will have to be a place where Mother Nature is allowed to show off.
My happiness this week came from the great outdoors.
Where did you find yours?