Breath. Life. Grace. If you’ve ever been in a situation where you saw your life flash before you and knew, after the fact, that grace saw you through, it would give you perspective on all the petty stuff we find ourselves quibbling over every day. Today, I am choosing to look at life through the lens of gratitude and happiness. We talk about happiness a lot and yet, the associations tend to do with things we want not blessings we already have. A sudden shift in perspective might occur when the slightest possibility arises that reminds us of the fragility of life; the senselessness of quarrels and petty hatreds.
“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” Anon
Family. Health. Air. I am not perfect, but I can see the perfection in the way I was created, and I can see the same in your perfection too. Being happy as quoted above is not just about the grandiose things, or the outrageously good or perfect moments, but about all the moments we have air in our lungs and a ticking heart in our chest, and loved ones who will gladly drop everything to see to it that we are cared for, protected, and hugged. Everyone on this planet deserves that much, and the rest is icing or as my favorite line goes; after the main event, the rest is paperwork… Happiness is not a destination, it’s a choice we make to be at peace and appreciate the good while we work to improve the rest… More below.
“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” Dale Carnegie
Vision. Rest. Thoughts. We sometimes take ourselves and our abilities for granted, and beat ourselves up over things that don’t, in the scheme of things, matter. When you are on the precipice of a cliff and see the fall below, trust me, the last thought in your head is the negative stuff. Consider a mind-shift; rest. It brings clarity and a vision that is filled with memories of the good, the kind words offered to us, the joyful, musical moments, and a fleeting remorse for the appreciation we didn’t offer to those who cared for and loved us.
“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be” Marcel Pagnol
Gratitude. Some of us are not given to public pronouncements about everything that goes on in our lives. We all choose what we wish to share and blogging about all of it might not be the goal. However, if we can help or support others from the bits we allude to or share, and if the lessons learned from events that stand out for us help others make sense of their situation, then the efforts made are beneficial. The ten things on my mind are completed with gratitude to God and to all who care for/about others… Be a blessing to someone today, tomorrow, everyday…
What about you? What are your thoughts? What lessons on happiness cross your mind? How do you share your blessings? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by Life events and a prompt from MamaKat’s Writers Workshop: Write a list of ten things on your mind this week.
Positive Motivation Tip: Be at peace with where you are; happiness rests there.
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