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Monday, May 17, 2010

Happiness is a Choice! Choose it!

A smile can brighten the darkest day. ~Author Unknown

Just as you will never get full by simply reading recipes, menus or lists of ingredients, you will never experience transformation just by reading self-improvement books or attending workshops.

Knowledge applied is where the wisdom is acquired and the magic exposed.

Transformation results when you accept your challenges head on. Learn to embrace the opportunities to experience humility; that is where the growth happens.

Often it is easier to see our flaws in others. Last week, I was going to teach an after school program at an exclusive private school. It costs more to send your child here for one year than many people gross annually. I say this only to impress upon you that wealth is not a determinant of happiness; money cannot buy it.

Upon walking in, I saw an old student of mine and asked him how we was doing. One word said it all, "Shitty." He proceeded to tell me all the ways he was a victim in his own life. I was suddenly flooded with compassion. It had nothing to do with the situations he was facing and everything to do with the fact that he really believed these things just "happened" to him.

When he asked me how I was doing, I grinned from ear to ear and replied, "Amazing." Truth be told in the last 2 weeks, I had closed my business, buried my mother-in-law, received stitches and acquired 3 house guests indefinitely. He actually looked horrified by my insensitivity to his issues.

Although we cannot always control our life situations, we can control how we respond to them. Challenge yourself to brighten your darkest moments, next time life presents a challenge, go ahead and apply what you just read, experience the magic; practice smiling.

Life is about making choices. Regardless of what is going on outside of you, Happiness is a choice inside of you.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh quotes

1 comment:

  1. Inward happiness is a common subconscious goal of humans in any walk of life. Many of us do not recognize this deep need or get carried away. It's absolutely true that being happy is a choice we need to (consciously) make.
    Read my post on 'How to be Happy or Sad?' where I deal with distinguishing the two as a process. http://bit.ly/aDHkJr