Wednesday, June 3, 2015

My Happy Wagon

Have you read the young adult novel Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli? It's the sequel to Stargirl, and chronicles Stargirl's life post-break up with Leo. She puts pebbles in a small wagon (her "happy wagon") if she's happy and takes them out if she's sad. One day she has no pebbles left because she keeps thinking about her ex. Another day her wagon is full because she meets a new friend, Lulu.

It got me thinking about having a "wagon" of my own, a spot in my room from which I will either take out or leave trinkets in accordance with how sad or happy I feel. I do have a small wicker basket of seashells on my bureau, but it's a thing to help make me happy. For me, my happy wagon is mindfulness. Stargirl's wagon inspired me to check in with myself more to see how I'm feeling and thus better learn what I like and dislike.

How about you, do you have your own "happy wagon"?

(Image via Carly Kaste)

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