The Day Brightener

Because everyone has the right to be truly free and happy


“I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.” Dalai Lama

I have had the song Freefallin by Zoe Badwi on my list of day brightener songs for a while now, but two wonderful blog posts have come my way this week that has made it the perfect next addition to The Day Brightener soundtrack.

The first is a great cartoon by Hugh MacLeod called ‘Let go’:

Isn’t it just great?  See more of Hugh’s art at . The message accompanying the cartoon is as follows:

“ If you’re unhappy, nine times out of ten it’s because you’re clinging onto something.  Nine times out of ten, happiness and letting go are synonymous.”

The other great inspiration came from Leo Babauta and his Zen Habits blog (  His recent post was called Toss Your Habits in the Ocean and in it he says:

“How much of your stress, frustration, disappointment, anger, irritation, pissed-offedness comes from one little thing?  Almost all of it comes from your expectations, and when things (inevitably) don’t turn out as we expect, from wishing things were different.

Here’s a simple solution:  Take your expectations, and throw them in the ocean.

Picture all the expectations you have for yourself, your life, your spouse, your kids, your coworkers, your job, the world. Take them from inside you, and toss them in the ocean. What happens to them? They float. They’re carried around by waves. The current takes them out, and they drift away. Let them be washed away by the cleansing waters, and let them go.

Now live your life without them.  Let the waters of the world cleanse us, and let us walk lightly in a world that is already wonderful without our fantasies.”

What a truly beautiful image, and one which creates such a sense of freedom and joy.

And so these wonderful posts reminded me of this song, which is all about letting go of all the baggage we carry around with us – The worries about what other people think of us, our attachments to people and things, and expectations of ourselves and others.  The joy in the song reminds me of the happiness that comes from just living the moment, trusting in the grace within and around us, and loving ourselves for just who we are.

I hope that it can help you step out of the shadows of your worries and expectations, if even for a few minutes.   Make sure you have a little boogie along with it, to let both your body and soul be free for a little while.


2 comments on “Freefalling

  1. Cassandra
    July 9, 2011

    I love the idea of throwing your expectations in the sea – I’m going to try that! 🙂

  2. mazemangriot
    July 14, 2011

    I love the comic and the post. There are a few things I need to toss into the ocean!

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