Make the radical choice to be happy no matter what.
Happiness is right here right now always, if we choose it. I promise!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drop your terms and conditions and just be happy.
You are all awesome! Thanks for reading today’s post.
Ugly. That’s how I’d describe my first time picking up and shooting a basketball in three years. Don’t get me wrong. It was lovely Summer day with a nice dose of heat and enough wind to keep it bearable.
My shot? Not so much. Back in Framingham, we had a Lifetime gym membership for about 18 months from 2016-2017. April would do her classes. I’d lift a little and then shoot baskets.
This went on for about three months. I’d gotten back into decent basketball shape for 50+ and my shot was better than ever. One night the 20 and 30-somethings playing full court in the other half of the gym needed a 10th. I played Ok and started getting asked to play more often. Then we decided to cancel the gym membership and I hadn’t picked up basketball in over three years except to move it from one house to another.
So, I’ll be kind to myself. It was pretty windy today and by the end, there were a couple shots that felt good. So, even though ugly was the overriding word of the day, promising was the final word.
Basketball was once a very important part of my life. It was my favorite sport to play growing up and I hope I’ll be able to share the game with my grandkids. Just need to get that shot back first.
Hope you’re having an amazing Sunday. I know our lives aren’t what any of us want right now, but there’s joy, opportunity, and peace to be found even in these moments.
Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!
It’s a simple principle of our multiverse. What comes around goes around. What you put out into the world comes back to you, not as punishment or reward. It simply comes back the way a boomerang does – because of the laws that govern it.
If you fill your world with negativity and a lack of concern for those around you, then that’s what’s headed back your way. Maybe not today, but one day.
If you fill your world with positivity, if you truly love your neighbor as you love yourself, then that’s what’s headed back your way.
It’s a law of our multiverse. It’s as certain as a rock dropped off a building falls to the ground.
This , perhaps, the best control mechanism we have over our future. It should be noted, that many believe that these principles apply over many lives.
What are your thoughts? Have you seen this at work in your life?
Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!
Blogging, by its very nature, is a form of one-way communication. It’s the blogger sharing his or her stream of consciousness with the world on regular basis.
We’ve been through some crazy, challenging, and hopefully enlightening times in 2020 and it’s only half over.
I’d REALLY like to hear from you today. If you had the superpower to grant the world one wish right now, what would it be?
Please share wish for the world in the comments below. As I talk about often on this blog, there is power in putting thoughts and ideas out into the world. In fact, they’re the building blocks of the world. Maybe putting your empowering wish out there will help change the world, if only by the breadth of butterfly flapping its wings.
Please share your deepest with for the world below.
As always, just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!
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