Everyone’s always talking about being “happy” but when asked to define their definition of “happiness”, they have no idea what to say. That’s because we’ve been brainwashed into thinking that if we’re not happy (according to that diffuse definition), then our lives aren’t working.
So, on this day, the first day of a “new year”, I’d like to share with you my idea of happiness and invite you to re-define your own.
First, we need to look for some other adjectives. Pull out a thesaurus, either a real, live book or find one online. Then, let’s get to work.
This past year, I’ve done very little writing, as I’ve pursued my acting studies. This, I have discovered, has left a void in my creative expression and potential. I will be doing a lot more writing, starting today. I am a writer, after all. This I call FULFILLMENT and RIGHT LIVELIHOOD and SHARING MY GIFTS.
I’ve decided to curtail my use of Facebook to posting links to my original work only, (and, perhaps, an occasional peek at what others are up to). Doing so will help liberate me from the stress of knowing that I’m wasting time that could be spent writing and otherwise creating my own projects. I call this FREEDOM.
I’m currently visiting my family up north. For years, I’ve been talking about coming up here more and being more of a presence in the lives of these people whom I love dearly. I will visit more in 2017. This, I call CONNECTION and JOY.
I’ve decided to eliminate the overconsumption of sugar which makes me feel logy and which is preventing me from losing the weight I keep saying I want to lose. Doing so will bring me RADIANT HEALTH.
I don’t know what Life wants to bring me so that I can learn. I do know that there will always be one more lecture to attend, one more paper to write, one more class to pass. Showing up for class is always a good start. I don’t have to be happy about showing up for class but doing so might bring me more SELF-KNOWLEDGE, a higher level of DISCIPLINE and enhanced SELF-ESTEEM.
Starting to get the idea here? There are as many definitions of happiness as there are people inhabiting this earth.
Showing up for Life, no matter what Life brings, is an act of COURAGE. Some of you, individually, have experienced a particularly difficult 2016. Collectively, we’ve shared some challenges. Together, we just keep going.
I once asked a Buddhist monk who was visiting Atlanta for his advice when one gets tired of life. I was, you see, very tired of life at the time I posed that question. His response was simple: “Find what you love doing and do it. When you get tired, just keep doing it.”
For those of you out there who are tired of life, depressed, or just plain weary, I leave you with the wisdom of an ages-old children’s song;
The Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the Rain
And The Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up the spout
Here’s my wish for you today and beyond: that your life be filled with creative fulfillment, the attainment of success according to your definition, oodles of fun, and deep pools of love which envelop you.
“Happy” New Year, Everyone.
Love from Sandra
P.S. Leave me a comment on your new definition of happiness.