Delicious

The short definition of ‘delicious’ is, “highly pleasing to the senses’.

It’s that time of year when people become aware of what they’re eating in combination with how much exercise they’re getting. Recipes have been all over the web for weeks now. Every store I’ve been to has pushed the ‘healthy’ toward the front. Every blog, website and article leans heavily toward making positive changes.

Change isn’t a cliche, and it’s not easy. That’s why all of that fails more often than not. It’s not a seasonal trend as much as it’s asking for a completely different way of life.

When was the last time a healthy, happy, well adjusted, physically fit person made a 180 degree change, then, without any effort… made it stick? We create this false sense of metamorphosis as if it was as effortless as Forest Gump running across the country, representing change agents everywhere! It’s not realistic. It can be done… slowly, in small shifts (thank you for that term Peter Arnell)…. and it can be as engaging as the concept of Flow (thank you Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi). Easy, it is not.

If we shift our mindset toward the dream life; it can be lovely. It can be a great staycation adventure as epic as any world tour. It can be the ‘5-star’ restaurant experience of our lives. A master craft. We are our own masterpiece.

And by delicious, I mean savored, gobbled, engaged fully flowing in the context of being fully involved in every single way. Of course, this is also something that can only be accomplished when we are in the pursuit of happiness. When we finally decide that we are all in.

This is the first ‘clarity is.’ for 2016. I’ve spent the past several weeks listening to the wind of where I want to take my own writing, work and words. Everyone in the Western world talks about starting a new diet with the new year. My idea this year was to start with a purification of my professional intentions. What do I want to say? Where is my purpose? How many words does it take to get my point across? Do I have a point? A clear POV (point of view)?

This is my semester of teaching personality theory, abnormal psychology and health psychology. What I see in the current textbooks and peer-reviewed journals is that each touches on some aspect of what we all study in positive psychology. The researchers of the 1990’s who motivated the revival of a positive psychology have accomplished their goals in bringing the positive back to the delicate balance that is our whole person.

Now, like a fine recipe that engages our senses, the practitioners or applied professionals have been charged with bringing the recipe of dark and light to life in the form of making sense of all of it, while pursuing the celebration of life with pure intentions. The flavor of life.

Life’s ultimate clearinghouse for possibilities? Create something delicious with our knowledge.

About the author: Karen Henry-Daly is a transitions life coach, writer and speaker. She specializes in working with people who want to create positive changes and savor who they want to be. Her full bio can be found at: wings13326.wix.com/wings13326#!about-karen-e-m-henry-ma/c11k

 

‘We Are The Positive Psychology People’

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