No matter what you are feeling right now…this minute, no matter what thoughts are in your head – your Happiness is with you, just waiting for you to claim it. You might suspect that it is only a temperamental visitor, come to rob you of the familiar. Maybe you are denying it entry because you are holding out for a more familiar face. But make no mistake about it, you are the only one blocking its entrance into your life.
Each of us has this incredibly efficient system of feelings and emotions that take cues from what we choose to invite into our lives. Think about what you read every day. What kind of messages do you allow into your life? What is the last thing you do before you close your eyes to sleep? Sometimes it seems easiest to hang out with the same old “friends” every day because we tell ourselves that we doing what we like to do. It is familiar, it is easy….we don’t have to make any extra effort. It brings to mind pictures from old movies about dance contests where the contestants are leaning on each other, exhausted, but still moving their feet. Back and forth….yawn….back and forth.
Happiness is as close as our own attitude about the world. We see what we choose to see. Half empty…half full. Cliché? Maybe. What would it feel like to apply that to everything we encounter? Which feels better when you contemplate it? “Oh… my… God! My glass is half empty!" Or…. "Thank You God! My glass is half full!" We can apply this to virtually any situation or experience in our lives. Changing our minds is possible and requires only a little experimentation to begin.
So what is the “bitch de jour? Not enough money for the holidays? Feeling all alone? Feeling compelled to do something you REALLY DON’T WANT TO DO?
Take out a piece of paper. Draw a line down the middle. On the left side head the column…HAVE TO. On the right hand side title the column…CHOOSE TO. List on the left anything that is causing you stress at the moment. Then on the right side consider the opportunities to look at the situation in a “glass half full” kind of way. Consider this question…taking my selfish grievances out of the picture…what good things can come out of this? How will the way I am thinking of this help someone? If I were to see this as a doorknob on a door to happiness….how can I grab the door, turn the knob, and invite happiness into this situation?
Changing the way we think about the things in our lives is our Invitation to Happiness.
How will inviting in the good things today help you find your own?
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