"Seize the day" the saying goes. What?! That's far too big a seize for me! However, I am a firm believer in seeking out and seizing anything that gives you even the smallest of boosts. If it gives you the tiniest of smiles, no matter how wry or how deep down inside you, seize that thing and hold on to it for dear life! Better still, make a mental or even a physical note of it, so that you can repeat as and when required.
Here are some moments of my own that I draw on:
In the film "Finding Nemo" there's a very forgetful blue fish called Dory, who sings a song that goes "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming" (repeat). When I first saw this magical movie moment I LOVED it! I SO identified with the character and her song, and, most important of all, it made me smile. So now, if I need to lift my spirits I wryly sing this little ditty: "Just keep swimming..."
Another kids' film, "Lilo and Stitch". Stitch, the blue alien with anger issues, says: "This is my family. I found it, all on my own. It's little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good." That's making me cry even as I type it - but happy tears. That sums up my family too and therefore makes me feel content and smiley. Things come in all shapes and sizes, and all shapes and sizes are good... So I picture that small, blue alien, and things suddenly seem better.
When I was a child I had a thing about Smurfs (small blue creatures with big white hats). I had a tiny toy one and would take it around with me, like some sort of talisman. (I don't know why all my examples are fantasy creatures and BLUE... plus, they tend to sing chirpy songs...) "Talisman" is probably a good description - of course, they can be a phrase, a piece of music, a picture, an object, mine are really just a thought... But I recommend that you actively seek out "talismans" in your life - seek them, find them, seize them, keep them and refer to them regularly so that you can feel the power of their magic!
I hope you feel the power today!
A Moodscope member.