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[success]The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose ones attitude in any given circumstance. ~ Victor Frankl.[/success]
This applies to the events and conditions of our life as well as people.
A wise woman once told me that if I cultivated a happiness habit I would always have a natural home to return to if life became challenging…that it would easier to bounce back from most adversity.
But I was fifteen and who really cares about this stuff at that age? Not me.
So many of the things I learned went in one ear and out the other, till much later in my life.
But it wasn’t too difficult for me to cultivate a happiness habit. According to my Mum I was predisposed to being happy since I was born with a smile on my face. I have no clue about this, but Mum believed it and so I did too.
I’ve never really known depression, but I’ve know the despondency of heart-wrenching sadness.
I’ve stood in front of a dark tunnel looking over my shoulder at what was, desperately longing for it to still be there…it wasn’t.
I’ve walked towards a tiny pinpoint of light through utter black darkness, stumbling, falling to my knees in supplicant prayer, then getting up and pressing onwards, hurt beyond measure.
And I’ve experienced grace. I’ve been held in the palm of an unseen hand, comforted and safe until I was ready to stand by myself again. Joys and heartache have been my companions on life’s journey, just as they may be yours. And I’m still standing.
I wouldn’t presume to know what is happening in your life, but I do know that when things happen in our outer world, we don’t have to react in our inner world, we don’t have to feed and reinforce our outer world reality.
Happiness doesn’t exist in the outer world. Too bad, wouldn’t it be handy to carry it around in our handbag or wallets and get it out when we need it? But it’s an inside job.
Be inner directed or outer distracted, it’s up to you.
We are unlimited in our consciousness and can choose how we think about events and conditions. Since we are at choice, why not choose joy, serenity, peace, jubilation or comfort or even happiness. You are more powerful than you know. Choose well.
Remember, if you create great habits a great life will follow.
Encourage each other.