Happiness is a result of how you view yourself and the world around you. It is making a conscious choice while creating habits that change your outlook and how you treat yourself and others. Certainly, it is not always easy to wake each morning beaming with joy, as there are times when life has hit you hard with an unpredictable circumstance. Yet, choosing to be grateful, appreciating the good things in life, allows us the potential of enjoying life with more joy.
Our yesterdays are memories, and by living in the past, we hang onto the wounds that still might hurt. It doesn’t mean one must forget the past. Our past is the history that allows us to mature into individuals who have hope and thrive on something better, something that can teach us how to appreciate each moment, while living with complete joy.
Our tomorrows have not yet arrived, yet sometimes can be hard, even for me. Yet, worrying about them today robs us of today’s potential of happiness. Sixty minutes of worrying about tomorrow steals an hour of joy from our today. Tomorrow might bring about a job loss, but it could also provide a job opportunity. Today you might not see an answer to a need yet tomorrow might bring about the provision. Staying focused on the negative only weakens our ability to enjoy today of what we have already been given.
Many tend to dwell on their losses, their troubles and misfortunes in life. Instead of moving on, they find themselves trapped in a world with no hope, with the inability to have faith for a better tomorrow. Temporal gratification is what they seek for their joy, yet it doesn’t last long nor seem to fulfill their need for true happiness.
I will not deny how misfortune can bring us down. They do. Some have lasting pain that need time to heal. They can weaken our strength for each day we hang onto them, yet sometimes we need to wean ourselves from the pain. It is through the process of moving on, accepting the trial as an opportunity, that allows us to use our strength in finding peace.
For me, I wake each morning thankful for my day. I might not live in a mansion but I have a home that is full of warmth. God has blessed me with a family that is full of love and compassion for life and each other. And although my bank account might not depict me as wealthy, God has given me much to be thankful for.
I speak strongly of my faith in God, yet I do not expect everyone to feel the same. My faith is a result of what God has brought me through, guiding me through the pain of my past, while teaching me how to heal, while learning to accept and love others. Yet, even if you cannot fully understand the strength of my faith, I ask that you look within, while choosing to change your focus off yourself and the past hurts in life, and focus on the peace that is available to you.
Authentic happiness is not something that we can go out and retrieve through our financial buying powers, or steal from someone else. It is not about what we can get out of life, but rather what we can appreciate in life. Genuine happiness comes from a choice that we make every day, from deep within, with every breath that we take.
Helen Keller shares it best: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”
Give life a chance at providing you with authentic happiness.