Daily Challenge Saturday Apr. 21, 2012
Emotional Health focuses on daily experiences related to happiness, enjoyment, sadness, and stress in evaluating overall well-being.
Spend 3 minutes writing about an experience that brought you great joy.
- Crislee S.Leafing
About 2 years ago Me, my Mate, his friend and our dog Serenity went on a hike to Gearhart Mountain National Park just outside of Bly, Oregon. I love being out in nature and hiking is one of my favorite summer activities. It was my Mate's idea to take me and our dog. I had never been mountain hiking so it was a first experience for me. The climb to the very top took a little over four hours but it was worth it everystep of the way. Once at the top I was treated to the most breathtaking view I had ever laid my eyes on. For miles in every direction was nothing but clear blue sky and rolling green hills with sparsely scattered Juniper trees. I couldn't take my eyes off it. To this day I vividely remember the experience at the top of the mountain. One of my personal favorite memories from that trip is of my dog Serenity playing in a large expanse of snow at the mountain's plateau. In the middle of JULY there was snow and she loved every single minute of it. I hope to go back there someday soon.
That is my experience that brought me great joy.
- Kaycieann R.SproutingLevel 30
Last year I was a caregiver for an amazing girl who has a spinal cord injury. She is a few years older than me and SO independent! She moved here (Portland Oregon) from Chicago all on her own and has such an amazing resume! She has her own nonprofit organization called Backbones that hooks people with spinal cord injuries up with people that have similar injuries so that they can have some what of a mentorship/partnership relationship. Long story short: she is the most awesome person ever. So last year I got to go to Chicago for the first time and run a 5K for Backbones. Oh yea, and I got to go shopping in downtown Chicago. OMG!!!
- Laurie P.BlossomingLevel 199
I can give you 4 experiences that brought great joy to my life the birth of my 4 children
- Kaisa H.LeafingLevel 193
One of my few great experience was a seven hour horseriding in the country here at home. Before (~ 25 years ago..) here was quite a lot unbuilt country land. Today here is still possible to ride long trails without having to ride along a road. That "only" needs a map and skill of orienteering, and courage to ride country with only paths made by deers....and a horse who trust you so much that it goes where ever you ask! (and I mean ask - not demand)
Summer is almost here, but here is 'winter story' I found few minutes ago:
this makes me smile everytime (I do not mean to hurt anyone's feelings - this is only a joke!)
+10° C - -273,15° C / +50 °F - -459,67°F
+10°C / +50°F Helsinki rental residents put the heat on. Lapps are planting the flowers.
+5°C / +41°F The Lapps are sunbathing, if the sun happens to rise above the horizon.
+2°C / +36°F Italian cars don't start up.
+-0°C / +32° F Distilled water freezes.
-1°C / +30°F Breathing becomes visible. Time to plan holidays in the Mediterranean Sea.
Lapps eat ice cream and drink a cold beer.
-4°C / +25°F The cat wants in the same bed.
-10°C / +14°C Time to plan vacation in Africa. Lapps go for a swim.
-12°C / +10°F So cold that not even snow doesn't fall
-15°C / +5°F French cars do not start up
-18°C / 0°F In Helsinki, the house owners put the heat on.
-20°C / /-4 °F One can hear his/her breathing.
-22°C / -8°F American cars do not start. It's too cold for ice skating.
-23°C / -9°F Politicians begin to mourn the fate of the homeless.
-24°C / -11°F Japanese cars do not start.
-26°C / -15°F Respiration can be cut to igloo building material.
-29°C / -20°F The cat wants into the same pajamas.
-30°C / -22°F German cars do not start.
Lappalainen curses, kicks the tyre and begins to start a Lada.*
-31°C / -24°F It's too cold for kissing, lips freeze together.
Lapland's football team begins spring practice period.
-35°C / -31°F Time to plan a two-week hot bath. Lapps shoveled snow from the roof.
-39°C / -38°F Mercury freezes. Too cold for thinking. Lapps close the uppermost shirt button.
-40°C / -40°F The car wants into the same bed. Lapps put a sweater on.
-45°C / -49°F Lapps close the inside window of the bathroom.
-50°C / -58°F The sea lions are leaving Greenland. Lapps change gloves to mittens.
-70°C / -94°F Polar bears start to leave the North Pole.
University of Lapland is celebrating its sports afternoon.
-75°C / -103°F Santa Claus leaves from the Arctic Circle. Lapps lower cap ear flaps down.
-250°C / -418°F Alcohol freezes. Lapps gets angry.
-268°C / -450°F Helium liquefies.
-270°C / -454°F Hell freezes over.
-273,15°C / -459,67°F
Absolute zero. All elementary movement stops. Even Lapps admit that ”ith stharhtsh tho bhe a bhith choldh, ghimmeh mhe ah sechond vodhkah.."
(The Lappish dialect puts an "h" in every word, sometimes several..)
*)Lada is a trademark of the Russian car manufacturer AvtoVAZ based in Tolyatti, Samara Oblast. It was originally the export brand for the models it sold under the Zhiguli name in the domestic Soviet market since June 1970. Manufacturing has ended in 2012. Lada cars became extremely popular in Russia and Eastern Europe during the last two decades of the Soviet era, particularly in former Soviet bloc countries, where they have become a symbol of city life. (Wikipedia)
- Juanita G.SproutingLevel 130
I spent 4 minutes writing about joy that I remembered and how it made me feel. That joy is long gone, which makes for a deep sorrow in my heart. This exercise sort of backfired I guess, or maybe it's just the mood I'm in today after doing a lot of deep thinking last night. Maybe I'll try it again in a few days.
Deenee Y. replied April 22, 2012 at 15:37 UTC:
Hope your day goes better, Juanita! I just read something a friend shared on FB that was truly touching & beautiful. I hope it can help in some small way for you!
• It Is Enough
"If you can't see what you're looking for, see what's there."
One of the most difficult things for us to accept is that beneath all of our dreams and disappointments, we live and breathe in abundance. It is hard when in pain to believe that all we ever need is before us, around us, within us. And yet it is true.
Like leafless trees waiting for the morning, something as great and constant as the Earth holds us up and turns us ever so slowly toward the light. Our task is only to be rooted and patient.
Mysterious as it is – no matter our pain or excitement, our drama or our circumstances – all that we could hope for is here. We lack nothing.
The humble challenge of being human is not in agreeing or disputing the truth. That is as fruitless as arguing against gravity. Our humble way, if we can open it,is to root ourselves beneath the thousand dreams and excuses that keep us from the ground we walk. Time and again, we are asked to outlast what we want and hope for in order to see what’s there. It is enough.
Juanita G. replied April 22, 2012 at 15:44 UTC:
This is very touching, Dennee. Thank you for sharing with me. It helped me to put things into perspective today.
Shannon F. replied April 22, 2012 at 18:43 UTC:
I wasn't in a positive frame of mind when I did this challenge yesterday either, so it was hard for me too...