#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Diggin’ Out

The snow just keeps coming, but I’m learning to be more philosophical about it. :) Talk about your control-freak–I’ve been trying to resist the weather. As if I could change it!

Spokane had over five feet of snow, and that’s just for December. I’m just getting to the place where I can appreciate how beautiful it is–and there is a lot to be thankful for. The New Years visit from family helped enormously, and the bunch of us had a nice dinner out on the Eve–my medicine is kicking in–my horses have a snug barn to live in–the power is on! (I REALLY came to appreciate electricity during this odyssey, and the many people who work so hard, in all kind of weather, to keep the lights and the heat on.)

I rarely watch Oprah anymore, for various reasons, but I did catch the show yesterday. The subject was happiness. The guest wrote a book called “Happiness Now”–I forget his name–and he shared some good stuff. The stand-out was that there is, in all of us, a place where everything is always okay, and we need to live from that place. I know about that place–I’ve been there. I just have to find my way back–the trick is just to get quiet, but for hyper me, that’s more difficult than it sounds. If that place had a name, it would be “Now”. With all the dark news and winter weather, I suspect a lot of us are living in the past, where we’re convinced things were better, or the future, where we hope things will be better. But real life goes on in the Right Now.

I resolve to be happier in 2009, no matter what happens. Happiness really IS a choice, for the most part–I just forgot that for a little while. And it’s a choice that has to be made over and over again, on a day to day and sometimes moment to moment basis. I forgot that, too.

Hence the title of today’s blog. I’m diggin’ out of this snow–with a lot of help from Larry the Canadian Wrangler, who plows with the tractor–and I’m also diggin’ out of my funk.

2009 can be a great New Year–stock market be darned–if we decide it is.

So I’ll close for today by wishing you a very happy New Year, filled with a lot of good choices.

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