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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. ~ James Oppenheim
Yesterday I was simply happy to be me.
I wasn’t looking for stuff to be happy.
I wasn’t waiting to be happy.
I didn’t need anything to be happy.
Sometimes we forget that life is short and we waste it trying to be like someone else, or have what someone else has. It’s natural for us to always be seeking expansion and growth, but don’t let your desire for greater success blind you to who you are or what you already have.
It’s all too easy to focus attention on comparing our life with another but what a waste; as we do this we diminish our own blessings.
As in the laws of nature, whatever we plant returns to us in abundance and the real key to joyful living is to only plant what we truly want to reap.
You’ve got this one life and while it’s here make sure you’re living it to the full. Decide to be the happiest person you know…it’s easier than you might expect.
Being your best
There is only one you. Nobody does you better. And being yourself in a world that believes it knows who you should be, or is trying to make you be someone else, will one day count as one of your greatest feats.
There’s nothing to fix because you’re not broken. It’s okay to listen to the wise counsel of others, but it’s not okay to be bullied into silence or accept victimhood. You are powerful beyond measure, accept your perfect imperfection. Go out and radiate your best you onto the rest of us…you have no idea how much we might need it.
Be willing to let go
Days ebb and flow. Some good moments, some great ones, some you’d rather hadn’t happened. Sometimes it’s necessary to just let things go. If it’s weighing on your heart, let it go. Don’t tie yourself to sadness or mistakes.
You grow best when you have room to expand. Hanging on to old hurts and wounds means you’re filling your life so full of regrets that there’s little room for greater happiness. Who knows, maybe you’ll lose your world but gain a universe.
Your life is a series of mini miracles. Be willing to accept that strange feeling of not always knowing in which direction to head. Stand on the edge of the cliff unafraid because it’s the time, when you leap with no idea where you’ll land, that you miraculously discover you have wings.
This is where giving up things that weigh you down comes in handy.
When things look as though they’re falling apart, the miracle is that they’re falling into place. Expect it. An amazingly abundant world awaits.
Last week I chose to have a gratitude day. From the moment I woke up to the time I went to bed I counted the things I was grateful for.
No nitpicking, no stressing about anything, I was intentionally practicing gratitude.
I started right at the beginning:
I am so grateful for the warm and comfy bed I woke up in.
I am so grateful for the hot, running water of my shower.
I am so grateful for my body, just the way it is, just the way it feels.
I am so grateful for the food I ate, the home I lived in, the music I heard, the love in my life.
I am so grateful for my safe, reliable car.
I am so grateful for the beautiful world I live in.
I am so grateful for the assistants in the store who joked and had fun with me.
And then, driving home, having experienced all these moments of gratitude, and more throughout the morning, I found myself buoyed and elated. I was aglow with joy and contentment and peace. I could feel my body literally vibrating in delight. It was spectacular.
No amount of money could buy that feeling. It was generated through gratitude.
My day flowed easily; a challenge with my bank was laughingly resolved. A gift I was seeking that apparently was unavailable was there right in front of me. Life flowed to me in generous abundance.
Giving yourself the gift of a gratitude day is wonderful nourishment for your journey to tomorrow.
Occasionally we make life more complicated than it need be. Our joy is attached to accomplishments and we seek it in all the wrong places and things. The most wonderful things in the world are waiting to be revealed. Don’t allow something precious to be lost whilst seeking joy and happiness in all the wrong places.
How about having a grateful day?
Do it often enough and you’ll find yourself always that one thought away from being the happiest person you know.
You can begin now by thinking of at least ten things you’re grateful for and share them in the comments below.
I’d love to hear from you.
As always, I am thankful for you. I am so grateful to you for reading and sharing and commenting. You are awesome.
Encourage one another.