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Try Something Different

Updated: Feb 27

I am grateful for the things that increase the joy in my life, and every day I discover more things about myself, who I am, what makes me happy, and what I want.

Today, I tried something new. I washed my car. To some, that may seem very small, but for me, it was huge. It's usually something I leave for my husband and the people at car wash facilities. But today, I needed to clean and wash my car.

It was a quiet and peaceful experience, allowing me time to think, feel, hear, and appreciate the moment. As a smile grew across my face, I immediately became proud of myself for doing something different. There was nothing and no one to rush me. The phone didn't ring, and nothing demanded my immediate attention. It was me enjoying time with myself. I began loving on myself and appreciating myself for taking care of myself and the resources that help make my life a little more manageable and less stressful.

With every stroke of the towel, I recognized the feeling in my arms as I exercised them by providing the movement needed for them not to become stiff. As the water ran across my car and began to clean away the dirt, I saw my reflection and noticed my beauty and how wonderfully made I am. That reminded me that there is only one me, and I should appreciate her. As I cleaned out the inside and removed all the stickiness and crumbs from my grandchildren, I found delight and happiness in the memories of the good times I always have when we're together.

Today I didn't only wash my car. I took a moment to enjoy, embrace, remember, and smile. Today has become a day of self-love, reflection, inspiration, and therapy.

Today I tried something different, and it blessed me in a very unexpected way. I'm finding joy in the small things, the peaceful moments, and time with family and friends while living my passion and loving on myself. Washing my car has now become one of the things I'll make more time to do.

I challenge you to do something different today and write how you feel afterward. I'm sure you won't regret it.

Karen Abbott-Trimuel (KAT)


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