Week 18 – Happiness
There are so many observations and connections experienced this week, I am at a lose as to how to express them. The featured image of this blog illustrates it best. The head to the left is my BEFORE/current and to the right my AFTER/current. I label them that way to recognize that this is a continuous process.
I love the video clip of Shawn Anchor talking about happiness. In thinking about how that applies to myself and my world around me, I observed that something had shifted from doing/getting/being something to be happy to being happy and watching those somethings come to me. Again, I go back to this amazing progression we have been involved with in our exercises and requirements for this course.
It is a wonderful, amazing, freeing, and joyful progression. One that has developed habits I don’t even think about any more because they have become part of my being. These habits have filled the space of discontentment and confusion with happiness and purpose. Love it!!!
Thinking on happiness, I was reminded of how we are instinctly happy until we are filled with the expectations of others, pointed to the negative of every situation, and begin to believe the lies about ourselves. I am not pointing the finger here, no, I am recognizing, I jumbled my own mind with all my choices which I made looking outside myself.
Not long ago I looked at this picture, thinking of the horrible living conditions for these children. I was quick to point a finger at a government, organization, or culture.
But I don’t see that now. This is pure happiness! This little boy is having a great time playing, regardless of his surroundings, his clothing, or anything. And look closely, the other children are enjoying themselves, too.
Lesson? My first impression of this was an opinion, my own, for which no one asked. I have learned NO OPINION is a very good quality. Who am I to decide this beautiful child should not be happy because of his circumstances? I do not want to be the monkey in an open cage preventing a free thinking monkey from climbing out. This picture now makes me smile!
Being consistently grateful has put me in a state of happiness. I think A.A. Milne put it best in Winnie the Pooh.
So very true. One’s heart swells in size when filled with Gratitude.
It is all quite wondrous but quite logical simultaneously. I just KNOW change is imperative and the only way to that is to dwell in happiness, which evolves from a state of gratitude, which begins with “I begin this day with love in my heart.” Mandino, Greatest Salesman, Scroll I.