An energy-renewing feeling that puts you on top of the world

As I jumped for joy on Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, I felt like I was on top of the world.

It was a time full of joy: I had just finished seeing animals, exotic birds and other wildlife on safari. And while I was  away, my daughter gave birth to a beautiful, healthy boy  — her third child, my twelfth grandchild.

It’s moments like these that I cherish.  As I looked around Cape Town from the top of the mountain,  taking in the beautiful scenery with all of my senses,  I really let soak in my appreciation for having been able to take this dream vacation.

These are positive emotions — or what I now prefer to refer to as “energy-renewing emotions” — to use at times when I’m not feeling so on top of the world, and could use an energy boost.

I had the opportunity to remind my husband of this while on our Africa trip.  He used to travel a lot for business,  so he holds the belief that travelling by plane to get from one place to another is filled with inconveniences — which makes it that way for him.

At one point during our Africa trip, he was huffing and puffing, and almost going in circles, missing the fastest and easiest pathway because he was so frustrated with lineups.

Later on the trip, we discussed his attitude  at that time.  I asked him whether he’d rather feel the appreciation for the opportunity to take such a fabulous trip, or focus on the annoyances of travel.  His answer was the former, but he said he just forgets to realize it in the moment. He asked me to do something to help him remember: the next time it happened, I would give him a gentle reminder by putting my hand on my heart.

And so, on the way home, I occasionally put my hand on my heart to remind him to take a few slower, deeper breaths and bring up the energy-renewing feelings of appreciation. He did and we both had a more pleasant journey home.

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