[Editor’s note: this week’s post contains material from Week #21. It’s Rob’s birthday week — and it will always be worth repeating: Have a Rob Church Kinda Day!]
Week #73 – Happy February! “Have a Rob Church Kinda Day!”
This Thursday, February 11th is Rob’s birthday. He would have been 42. And you know what he would’ve done?
Whatever he damn well pleased!
I’ve celebrated a lot of birthdays alongside my brother…and there are two things I still know for sure: He always took the day off from work…and he always did exactly what he wanted to do! That didn’t always include seeing family, either. Some birthdays he spent with other people. Some he spent by himself. But on that day above all others…he did whatever made him happy. And that made those of us who knew and loved him happy, too!
For a lot of people, birthdays are a harsh reminder of getting older, losing steam, or giving up on dreams. Not Rob…on his 40th birthday in 2014 he was running windsprints at the track and told me he felt in the best shape of his life. Over and over again, he said he was looking forward to his 40’s.
What a kick in the teeth.
Are you still alive? Still breathing? Well this week’s assignment is for you (and me too)!
Your Happyness Challenge for the week ahead: HAVE A ROB CHURCH KINDA DAY! If you could do whatever you damn well pleased…what would it be? Make a list, start a vision board, or fill a jar with ideas to draw at random. Then, on Thursday, February 11th…have a “Rob Church Kinda Day!” You may not be able to take the entire day off…but set aside time to practice identifying (and doing) something ONLY for you! Something that makes YOU happy. Something that lets you hear Rob’s voice — or someone else who you know and love — saying “Good for you!”
With family, work, kids, parents, pets, jobs, PTA, churches, charities, and bills to pay…it’s easy to get lost in doing for others. If you are waiting for the world to give you permission to take time for yourself…get comfortable! Take permission instead…and practice doing ONE THING that pleases YOU this week!
Spread Happyness…Have a “Rob Church Kinda Day!” And share your stories in the comments!
2/5/16 by Grace Church
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