Are You Contractually Unhappy?

We’re all familiar and somewhat annoyed with the fine print – the terms and conditions- that accompany virtually every transaction we participate in.

Let me ask you this. Do you place a long list of terms and conditions on your happiness? Do you catch yourself saying, “I’ll be happy when…” or “If this, this, and this happen, then I’ll be happy”?

If you want more happiness, drop your terms and conditions on it. Make the radical choice to be happy right now, today no matter what.

The alternative is to spend your life pushing your happiness out another day, another week, another year waiting for all your fine print to be satisfied.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

Radical Choice to Be Happy

The world will be what it will be today. We can either choose to own our own happiness, regardless of what comes. Or, we can leave our happiness up to the whims of events. The choice is always ours.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

Make the Radical Choice to Be Happy No Matter What

Make the radical choice to be happy no matter what.

Happiness is right here right now always, if we choose it. I promise! You can overcome your situational happiness and trade it for persistent happiness.

You and I place too many terms and conditions on our happiness. We say:

  • I’ll be happy if…
  • I’ll be happy when…

Yet we achieve those conditions and they may bring momentary happiness. Then we’re right back into dissatisfaction.

It’s not surprising. Our mainstream culture is a skilled merchant in unhappiness, fear, and dystopia. They sell it in bulk on the regular. We are easily swept into these eddies of dissatisfaction. If we’re not careful, they become our home.

I’m preaching at me as much as you this morning. I do it too. I place small print terms and conditions on my happiness. I waste days waiting and working for my conditions to materialize.

Buddha said, “The worst things in the world are desiring something and getting it.” I believe he was talking about this very cycle. We’re stuck in desiring rather than enjoying life. Then we get what we want and it loses its charms and appeal.

It IS a radical choice to be happy no matter what in such an environment. So, how do we achieve it?

Powerhack:

  1. Choose happiness over and over moment after moment. There’s no shortcut. Every moment presents us with a choice to be happy or be stuck in wanting and waiting.
  2. Be here now. This was the famous advice of Ram Dass. Most of our unhappiness, if you pay attention, exists in the past and the projected future. This moment is wonderful, if you choose to see it.
  3. Spend more time with roses and jasmine. This was the solution proposed by Rumi to his poetic question, “When you go to a garden do you look at thorns or flowers?” See the positive around you now.
  4. Be still and know. God or the universe, however you term it, has your back. Good things are coming. Be happy about them before they even arrive.
  5. Drop your terms and conditions and just be happy.

You are all awesome! Thanks for reading today’s post.

Ray

#RayQuote – Freedom and Happiness

Happiness and freedom are never attained by running away from something. They are possible only when you run whole-heartedly towards your dreams. They are not a change in place, but rather a change in heart.

Today you know you can find happiness and freedom. There is no secret. You already have the answers. Look to your heart, listen closely to its words and wisdom, and then run straight towards what it’s telling you.

Have a great day everyone. Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

See The Good

We live in a world where seeing the bad, the ugly, and the disheartening is just too damn easy.

Sometimes you have to work hard too see the good. Make it a point to do so today.

See the good. Experience the beauty around you. Spread some joy. Partake in the fun. Smile, smile, and smile some more.

Life is serious, but not so serious that you must live without the happiness you deserve.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray