When Crystal and I realized we were coming up on the six month anniversary of Positively Smitten, we decided it would be fun to share what being “positively smitten” means to both of us. After all, over the last several months, we’ve heard so many different definitions of this catchy little phrase – all of which we’ve loved and which have opened our minds to how different the meaning can be for each of us.
Week to week, Crystal and I encourage others to think about (and share with us) what they’re “positively smitten” with in our “‘What are you Positively Smitten with this Week?’ post“. I have to say, there are some weeks I can’t narrow down my one pick, and other times when I really have to think about it (that’s life, every day is different!).
So what is being “positively smitten”? Is it being grateful? Is it being happy? Is it being in love with life? Well, dear reader, that is for you to decide for yourself, and then share with us for a chance to win a cool prize as part of our anniversary celebration! In the meantime, here is what it means to me…
I actually thinks it’s all of the above – gratitude, happiness, loving life – and then some.
I once heard on the radio that happiness stems from three things: something to do, something to love and something to look forward to. If you think about it, it’s true. You can usually pull yourself out of a mood, or turn your thoughts to something positive, when you think about one of those three things. Go ahead, give it a try.
Being “positively smitten”, to me, is very similar.
Something to do:
Being “positively smitten” about doing something is being motivated to get up and get going. To have goals and dreams, and chip away at them over time. To find a strategy to make all the tiny parts of our day – like hanging the clothes on the line – feel like something special and not another mundane chore. It can also mean doing essentially nothing, like sitting on a hill listening to the quiet. Ask yourself, does this activity recharge my batteries and excite me? If yes, then you’re “positively smitten”.
Something to love:
Being “positively smitten” about loving something is having your own set of passions unique to you. You have your own people, animals, activities and hobbies that you love and that make you feel good. Like, I… Love reading to my niece. Love playing the guitar. Love writing articles. Love handwritten cards from Grandma. Love when my dog wags his tail toward me. Yep, that’s being “positively smitten”.
Something to look forward to:
Being “positively smitten” about anticipating life is the icing on the delicious cake. We never know what tomorrow will bring, and that’s both exciting and scary. But being “positively smitten” is to look forward to each day; or to look forward to a vacation that starts in four days, or to look forward to Thanksgiving dinner with family. In fact, it’s closing your eyes and picturing your wildest dreams coming true and opening them and looking forward to the rest of this day, this place, right here, right now.
That’s being positive, and that’s being smitten.
In addition, being “positively smitten” is a bunch of my favorite adjectives: courageous, confident, content, fun, happy, kind, inspiring, etc. I can go on and on.
Now, tell me what you think it means to be positively smitten by commenting on our giveaway post!