Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happiness is a choice

Happiness is a choice. I learned this from my son when he was only four years old. Today, seven years later, I struggle to remember this lesson learned in the cutest way–a chubby faced angel walks into a moment of frustration, shrugs his shoulders, puts his hands up as though offering a gift and says: "Just be happy!"–and I got it. I got it! As though his words came with an invisible explanation behind them.  I am sure that's that wisdom people keep talking about.

Just be happy. I understood in that moment that being happy is a state of mind. I can choose...I can decide to be happy regardless of the events in my life. After going through loss, setbacks, or the death of a loved one, I choose not to stay in sadness, grief or frustration. I acknowledge the loss, I am aware of the pain and the sadness and then I don't focus on what is wrong or missing anymore. I focus on gratitude. I am thankful for what I learned and the many blessings in my life.

I am happy. That is my choice.

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