“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” Joel Osteen
I met my friend Cheryl for coffee at Starbucks today. We hadn’t seen each other in ages and we were excited to meet, share coffee and a good laugh, and catch up on our lives. Cheryl has always had a good sense of humor and an easy smile, and I wondered out loud how we let life’s unrelenting demands interrupt the flow of our friendship. Needless to say, a lot has happened since we last hung out and, as we joyfully shared our stories back and forth, we paused to comment on the magical quality of true friendship.
The bond of friendship remains strong even when we leave to meet other challenges. When we return, the joy and happiness flow freely like a stream that never dries up. We have to choose to return though, and, like happiness, waiting for the perfect time/day/hour/ moment to make that connection is a waste of precious energy. Our time to be happy, to bond with friends, to make amends, to abandon inconsiderate habits is now. We must decide to make peace with our old painful stories and move on for the sake of our happiness. What are we waiting for?
“Waiting for someone else to make you happy is the surest way to be sad.” Jeffrey Benjamin
“If you know you have to wait anyway, why not make a decision to enjoy your life while you’re waiting? Why not be happy while God is in the process of changing things? After all, there’s nothing we can really do to make it happen any faster. We might as well relax and enjoy our lives, knowing that at the appointed time God is going to bring his plan to pass.” Joel Osteen
After our coffee and chat, we walked over to Mrs Greens Market to see what new products they carried; they carry lots of organic products and window shopping there is a great way to learn about new produce and products in the marketplace. As we walked up and down the crowded aisles, we were struck by the explosion of color from all the displayed items competing for our attention. They had an endless selection of teas, soaps, skin care and food products for sale.
Aisle after aisle, I thought how fortunate some people are in the US to have such choices, yet, how sad it is that many in our world don’t have the option to choose their foods. When we stop to think about the inequities in society we realize that some might take longer to resolve and we can help by being proactive. We can volunteer our skills and knowledge, and commit to help/serve each other… Happiness will meet us there too. It is ironic that in the midst of such abundance, there is abject poverty here in the US. We can choose to make a difference; even if our lives are not perfect. Soon, Cheryl and I came to a card display with tons of inspiring messages. I took lots of pictures; some I’ve shared here too. More below!
“Some things put life into perspective more than others. Happiness depends on your outlook on life.” Polly Sachs
“Many people are unhappy and are not experiencing life to its fullest because they’ve closed their hearts to compassion, they are motivated by only what they want and what they think they need. They rarely do anything for anybody else unless they have an ulterior goal in mind. They are self-involved and self-centered.” Joel Osteen
We left Mrs Greens without buying anything, though a lady in cosmetics gave us some free samples to use. It was a happy outing and although both of us, like many of you, have our burdens to bear, we chose to focus on the good and find ways to help change the unpleasant. Please find even one thing to be grateful for… What are we waiting for?
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: Stop waiting for conditions to improve. Be happy Now.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection.
- “Often, out of our greatest rejection comes our greatest direction.” (inspiredthoughtinspiredaction.com)
- Pastor Joel Osteen Responds To Backlash For Saying Romney’s Belief In Christ Is ‘Good Enough’ For Him (mediaite.com)
- Kellie Rasberry and Joel Osteen’s inspiring message (mix965houston.cbslocal.com)
- Inspiration: Everything Can Change For the Better… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Joel Osteen or Fortune Cookie? (savouringthegospel.wordpress.com)
- Monday Musings: Inspiring Messages To Fuel Our Spirit… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Musings: Waiting To Be Happy…? (eof737.wordpress.com)
- It’s all about the journey (marianna68.wordpress.com)
- Joel Osteen Prays for Congress (abcnews.go.com)