The story line of my favorite childhood book, If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, seemed to unfold in my life over the weekend. If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend clicking on the link provided to watch the photobook as it is read aloud. It's absolutely adorable!
In essence, it talks about how one thing can lead to another... and sometimes come full circle. In my case, the story went something like this:
If you get yourself a house, you're going to need to furnish it.
If the furniture you buy gets ruined, or old, you'll have to replace it.
If your husband finds a new couch that he LOVES, he's going to buy it.
If he buys a new couch, you're going to have to find some friends to help you move it in.
If you finally get the new couch into the living room, and it doesn't match the green walls, you'll probably going to have to repaint the living room
If you repaint the living room, you'll have to repaint the entry room.
And, if you have a new color for two new rooms, you're going to have to get new furniture to match it.
In actuality, I cried when the sofa just didn't match the space. Our walls were a Caribbean green, and the sofa was more of a sage color. I let it sit in the living room for all of 12 hours before I couldn't stand it. The mismatch just irritated me to no end.
I even took the dog for a 3 mile walk to see if it would remove the angst.
Alas, it did not.
My husband is such a trooper because he was on board with repainting the room. Not only was he okay with this new project, he was willing to start it immediately.
Yes, the new couch arrived at our house at 6 pm Thursday evening, and by 10 am Friday morning we were out at Lowes picking out a new wall color. By noon, we had all of the furniture moved to the center of the room and the painting began.
Friday and Saturday were consumed with this transformation.
Now, I love it!
The rooms entirely changed in character.
They feel large, welcoming, open, and luxurious!
Just like the mouse ended in the kitchen, where the cookie journey began, we also do need to go find additional accessories to fill out the new space. Perhaps a bookcase for the middle wall, and a coffee table or trunk for the entry room. Even a new piece of art would look great by the front door.
The reason I even bring this up is because the entire step-by-step process of this past weekend reminded me of what happens within us to find a sense of harmony.
When we feel out of sorts, we want to find joy again.
Sometimes the environment reflects our sense of discomfort-as did the couch for me in this scenario. Other times, it's just a sour mood or sense of irritability.
No matter what the indicator that I'm out of alignment, getting back to balance often takes a few steps. And, instead of expecting it to happen all at once, just reaching for the better feeling thought, the better feeling choice, and the better feeling action can illuminate the path back to my center.
The journey to get back to contentment might vary in time, but it can be a whole lot of fun in the learning along the way.
And, then the appreciation of living from the place of alignment, can be ever-so-satisfying.