“I EMBRACE HAPPINESS”
How many people do you know that are truly happy? That radiate out that kind of inner joy as they walk through life? When you look around as you walk to work each day, I have to say most people don’t look that happy, especially on a Monday morning… and although I focus on this affirmation a lot myself, I doubt I give off that kind of air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week myself. Frankly, it’s just not possible! Yet I do believe that it is possible to feel like this without having something specific being the cause for such happiness… in reality anything is possible if we set our minds to it.
If you want to be happy, be.
~~ Henry David Thoreau ~~
Yes, I do believe this is definitely a mindset. It is, like everything else, a choice! I like the quotation above because it is so simple. There is beauty in its’ simplicity. I’m sure some people would look at it, read it and think… Oh, if only it were that easy. But it is if you think about it, isn’t it? 🙂
Ask yourself – am I happy? If the answer is no, then ask yourself why not. List the reasons down. I bet nearly every single one of those answers are external. Some examples I could think of, are because I’m not in the right job, the right relationship, because someone has been horrible to me, because I have no money, because I feel ill. They are *conditional* which therefore makes happiness *conditional*. But happiness isn’t dependent on anything other than your heart. Yes, these can all be draining things… but, playing the devil’s advocate here, do they really cause unhappiness? Isn’t unhappiness simply a state of mind? A choice to focus on the negative aspects of life, rather than the positive? If someone can still be happy and yet have illness (and severe, life threatening illness at that), then why can’t we, who have no illness, be happy? I think happiness can co-exist with illness, with grief, with stress… it’s all about making that choice, and taking responsibility for it. I think that’s a very important point so I’ll repeat it… and even highlight it.
It’s about taking responsibility!
After all, we only have this life to lead (well… actually that is dependent on your personal spiritual beliefs, and if we do get more than one life, well… we’re not gonna remember the others, now are we, so it’s kind of a moot point!). A personal example was a time when I had been stressed, and physically ill… and I was grieving over a death… BUT… that Sunday I went to work, I chose to do overtime as I needed the money… and some time ago I would have really whinged about it because there were many other things I would have preferred to do. However, up I got, a very foggy morning, cold air… hardly anyone around as I made my way to the train station… and when I consciously chose to become aware of the air around me, listen to the birds singing, relish the peacefulness and no-one being around… well that contributed to one of my happy moments for the day 🙂 … one I wouldn’t have had, if I hadn’t chosen to take notice. Therefore, this week I am making a conscious choice to see the good in things that surround me, to have hope for the future… and to be happy *grin*.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead ♥
© 2012 Michelle Payne