I run groups in our Social Rehabilitation program on Wednesday and Thursday. I do Medication, Symptom Management and Health (not nearly as boring as it sounds) and Interpersonal Relations on Wed and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) on Thursday. Mondays and Tuesdays I run a total of 3 medication clinics and deal with all manner of problems and issues that my clients have and need help with.
I tell you this because I want to share something from today's group. I chose to do the group on Happiness. Last week we talked about Suicide and Suicide Survivors and I thought we (I) needed a more positive, upbeat topic this week. I chose Happiness and when I googled it for some information, this quote came up:
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~ Frederick Koenig
This was what I wanted to get across to my clients in a nutshell! We discussed what Happiness is and how it differs from person to person and day to day. We talked about how to increase your personal happiness and then we talked about this quote. It was a good discussion. The group on the whole was feeling pretty happy today (despite the warm, humid weather and heavy rain). It surprised me somewhat. I always expect them to talk about their depression and what makes them unhappy. I was happy to be surprised (there's that word again).
I think in general, I am a happy person. I do try to find good things around me and be glad of them and I try to share this with the people around me. I have a lot of good things in my life that bring a smile to my face and joy to my soul.
Like these cookies which we found in the store today (actually we had to go to three stores to find them). I don't ordinarily buy instant foods or 'ready to bake' anything. I prefer to bake my own treats. However, I have an unnatural love for these cookies and my Aunt Joan knew this. She made them for me at Hallowe'en. I realized a few days ago when I was talking to my brother about dinner on the 31st that there would be no cookies. This made me very sad. I found some ready to bake cookies at my regular store but they were exhorbitantly priced and weren't exactly right. Two stores later, we found them on sale half off and with coupons attached for an additional dollar off.
I bought cats, pumpkins and ghosts and when I bake them on Sunday afternoon, I'll think of Aunt Joan and smile. I'll think that wherever she is, she's smiling too.
It seems like overnight the trees are changing. As we were driving home tonight, there was color everywhere. I was slogging through fallen leaves on my walk to work. I love the sound of crunchy leaves shusssing along as I drag my feet.
My office mate (Paul,with whom I have been sharing an office for 6 years) was telling me that his wife said "I'm not doing Hallowe'en this year. I've done it for 20 years and I'm not doing it anymore". I started telling him about how much fun Hallowe'en can be and how it's become a family holiday for my family. I think he thinks I'm crazy. I LIKE coming up with odd costumes for the kids. I enjoy seeing my neighborhood children all dressed up and smiling and running around. One day maybe I'll grow up and this won't be fun but I'm not thinking it'll be anytime soon. Hallowe'en appeals to the child in my heart. I may pull out my 4 foot tall fairy wings and find some glittery makeup and be a fairy for the day.
Pk is sharpening our knives. Tomorrow night we'll carve our Jack o' Lantern and put him out front. I have a ton of votive candles so he'll have plenty of light for a few days. Our local squirrels will nibble at him bit by bit and that's ok with me. They have to eat, too.
Otherwise, things are calm here. I'm working on small knits for holiday gifts and starting to plan Thanksgiving. One cannot spend too much time contemplating pumpkin pie after all.