Friday, January 8, 2016

Setting the Dial

....but reading Pollyanna when I
was nine years old changed my
short life.  That's where I
learned about "The Glad Game,"
which said that no matter what
the situation, a person could
always find something to be happy
about if they tried.  Which meant
I could choose how to think! 
That's a lot of power for a
nine-year-old ~ like taking the 
lid off a jar of butterflies.

~Susan Branch, The Fairytale Girl

Sunshine sparkled on snow and
bare trees danced in the windy
and frigid air outside my bedroon
window as I welcomed the first
day of 2016.

My husband and I had made a
conscious decision that we would
greet the New Year lazily,
sleeping in late and staying in
pajamas as long as we wanted.

Our kids followed suit, and it
was so rejuvenating to have no
schedules or deadlines or to-
do lists for one special day.

Although a good portion of our
carefree day was spent pursuing
individual pleasures, like
watching funny movies or reading
or playing video games, we were
still together under one roof.

I decided the moment I woke
up that it was going to be
a very, very good day.

And it was.

Although I did scrawl a quick
list of intentions for 2016,
the overarching theme for
the year ahead rose to mind like
a hot air balloon drifting 

Every day, {as nine-year-old
Susan Branch discovered},
I can choose how to think.


Will each day be smooth sailing?


Will I ever wake up grumpy or
sick or tired or blue or.....


But I am free to determine how
I will meet each day, including
challenges, obstacles and any
unplanned bumps in the road.

So are you.

Every day we can set our 
internal dials to an affirming
word or phrase, and then gently
hold that inspiration close as
we journey through the unfolding
hours, be they tranquil or stormy.

Where will you set 
your dial?

Let us embrace the coming year
with a living hope for everyday

~ Lailah Gifty Akita


PS:  Dial in with me daily in
2016 on Instagram to share your
own setting! :) #setittohappy

Let's lift each of our precious
 and finite days of the coming 
year like those lofty balloons,
guiding them with positive
thoughts so that they ~ and 
we ~ can soar.

{all photos my own}


Shelly Wildman said...

Happy, happy New Year, Suzanne! As always, this post is full of your quiet, calm wisdom, which I love so much. Wishing you the best in 2016.

Rambling Tart said...

Pollyanna helped me get through so much too. :-)

Dawn Y. said...

So wonderful, as always, Suzanne! I can tell that Susan Branch inspires us both... all year long! I love your words for the new year. This is my fifth year to choose 'One Little Word' to guide me through the new year. I'm so excited about my word for 2016 ~ Blossom. With each choice, throughout each day, I am making the choice that helps me to blossom. I can already feel it!! I know you will have a Happy New Year because you have chosen to make it so! Warm hugs! ♡Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes

LauraBrandt said...

Great post with a very important reminder that how we live each day is choice❤️Love this and love you!❌⭕️

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I so want to live this way, Suzanne. There are days I definitely need an attitude adjustment and your words speak to me! Thinking of our days as precious and finite, brings it all into the proper perspective.
Gracie is so adorable...hope she is doing well! Hope to see you soon, my friend...xoxo

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

YES!! Let's choose happiness!! Wishing you the most wonderful year ahead Suzanne!! You are a bright and shining part of this world and I'm so glad you share all that here with us!

Bonnie said...

Inspirational post. I like to be around positive people like you. It makes a difference.
Thanks for your influence.

Lisa Ancona-Roach said...

Happy new year, my friend. xo

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Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


As I age I think more and more about the little things in life, spending time with people I love, a walk in the part, etc. Life is what you make it and everyday you can make a good day or a bad day, you can turn a smile into a frown or find the silver lining in everything. Sometimes it does take awhile to see the good in a bad situation but as they say, "this too shall pass."

Your New Years day sounds perfect, a house full of love! Have a very happy New Year!

Unknown said...

yes, yes. a much belated HAPPY new year to you! <3


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