The woman who went up a mountain and came down different
--by Mountainmoufl, posted Jul 7, 2015
A couple of years ago I came up with what I thought was a cunning plan of positivity: every time I became irrationally angry about something I couldn't change, I'd do a random act of charity. Things like loosing money or not getting a promotion saw me donating goods to our local food Bank.
At the start of this month myself and my partner went on our first holiday in years. Just a week in Tenerife but at risk of sounding dramatic, a life changing week. We climbed Mt. Teide and as I stood at the top soaking in my first taste of high altitude, something in my brain burst. Be it a life changing experience or a neuron dying through lack of oxygen I'll never know ;)
I came down that mountain as calm and as grounded as I've ever felt. This feeling lasted and lasted and is still going. I went back to work (caring for elderly folk with dementia) and didn't panic. I actually removed my headphones to talk to someone I knew in the street. I was calm. I went to the supermarket and shopped and kept my cool. I lost some money and I acknowledged it was only money: that my happiness did not depend on it.Ironically, I found this site through a walk I took alone yesterday. Middle of the countryside I remembered that me and my partner found a geocache and checked the log book. In the cache was this smile card thing which I'd never heard of so here I am!
I changed my random acts plan after the holiday, for every day I was anxiety free - I'd do something to say thank you to life for a good day. I've donated to charity, donated food for humans and pets, helped random strangers lift their shopping and broadcasted relentless positivity to my work friends. The universe was possibly sending me a message with that smile card. I don't have its number, I didn't know you could track them. Here I am sharing