Good Saturday, my friends. Especially in challenging times, it’s easy to begin thinking you have no control over the outcome of your life.
You might feel like driftwood floating on the ocean of life going wherever the waves push you. It can be an appealing concept, in some ways, to believe your helpless and powerless against the forces of life.
True, there are some rules in this game we’ve agreed to play that we can’t change. We’re born and we die. We may have bad things happen to us as a child that were not in our control. We may have illness or hardship visit our lives.
Even the negative effects of these “rules of the game” can be mitigated by empowered thinking and determined action. Beyond these few broad outlines, pretty much everything else in your life is a choice.
You may have to work to earn a living, but you don’t “have to” stay in that job. It may be easier to stay in a difficult relationship than to start over, but you don’t “have to.” You may have a bucketload of responsibility, but that doesn’t mean you “have to” abandon your dreams.
You have. You have choices. You have the power.
Here are some affirmations for affirming that power. use them regularly for best results.
Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!
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?
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.
Few things are more determinative of outcomes in your life than the feeling that you have a purpose. When your actions of meaning in a bigger plan or toward a bigger goal, they seem to have more meaning and drive a better result.
Here are some affirmations to keep you on purpose today and all week. Remember, affirmations are most effective when they are used with repetition and belief. If some of these resonate with you, write them down and post them in you4 work area or say then to yourself repeatedly during the day.
Watch, then, your purpose come into sharper focus and your outcomes benefit.
Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!