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Simply put, the key to happiness is to stop looking for the freaking key to happiness.

The fact is, the doors have never been locked up in the first place.  There is nothing to wait for.  You can open the doors to that sort of life anytime you choose.

Maybe you have lofty goal and plans.  So do I.  Trust me, if you could see the vision of my life that is taking shape right now, I know  a lot of you would wonder at my sense of reality and sanity.

That’s okay.  I get it. I’m dreaming really big these days and not everyone is ready for that.  I think I’ll just let them wonder until they see me taking strides and steps and moving closer and closer.  After all, showing is far more believable than telling right?

Still, I’m really happy today too.  I’m not going to sit around waiting on something to ‘let’ me be happy.  Or for some magical goal to get crossed off, or threshold to be crossed or please…certainly not for the proverbial knight in shining armor to come ’round and save the day.

Seriously.  Why wait?  There really isn’t anything you need to wait for!  I’ve discovered that happiness isn’t a destination anyway.  It’s not something you can go out and get.  And you can never use it all up.

There is only one thing you have to do to find your own happiness.  Choose it.

Allow yourself to decide that you are already happy.  Be grateful for all the blessings you have in your life and love your people right here today.

It’s always been within you, waiting for you to let it loose and choose to jump in with both feet.

happyIf you want to be happy, then be happy.

Start by smiling.  Too many of us don’t smile because we wonder what others will think.  You know what they will think?  Wow, she’s such a happy person.  And then they will wonder how they to can be happy just like you; and maybe, just maybe they will start smiling too.

Then look what you did.  You are a carrier of the happiness virus and you are spreading it all over the freakin place.

I’m not sure when humanity got everything so bloody mixed up.  We all say we want to feel happy and joy and love.  Yet, we hesitate, we worry about reactions and we push down those feelings so they don’t get out of hand.  That makes no sense.  We celebrate and admire those who are postitive people that make life joyous, yet we are hesitant to allow ourselves to do the same.

Don’t you find it weird we all seem to think that negative emotions like sadness, anger and frustrations are okay to be talked about and seem to be more socially accepted?  And a lot of the time we feel the need to keep our happiness and joyful feelings ‘under control’ or dampened?  Like we don’t want to bother anyone with them?

Okay so it’s your turn.  I’d love to hear your take on why that is in the comments below.

 

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“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.” ~ Samuel Butler

Charlie is a rescue dog.  He was badly abused as a puppy, rescued by the local animal shelter and then waited…for upwards of 6 months.  Luckily, the no-kill local shelters around here have programs to shift dogs from busy shelters to ones that have room.  Charlie was one of the pups transferred to a shelter close to me.

I’d like to say I found Charlie when I went to the shelter but in fact I was looking for anther dog who had already been adopted.  Standing talking to a shelter volunteer feeling happy the dog I was there to see had a family but disappointed at the same time I was actually getting ready to leave.  Up pops a big black head with the goofiest grin EVER.   An hour later, after a walk and play, the paperwork was being filled out.

I’ve learned a lot from Charlie right from the start.

1. Be patient, someone will eventually come along and see the light inside you and take you home.

2. Don’t be afraid to jump up and say hi, you just never know where that might lead. 

3. Consider everyone your friend until they growl first, then look cute to see if they mean it.

4. It doesn’t matter if you got in trouble 5 mins ago, that was 5 mins ago! Let it go and get on with finding some happy.

5. Some people are scary because they remind us of our past and that’s ok because you have people who love you now no matter how goofy you are.

6. Sometimes it rains and rains…you can stay inside or you can go out and make your own fun in the puddles.  Life is kinda like that.

There are days when I feel put upon, stressed out or just plain mad.  I don’t know how he does it but Charlie always finds a way to remind me that it gets better and life is pretty good for the most part.  He’s big and nutty and some days drives me crazy but at the same time his resiliency and capacity for love is amazing.  I am grateful he came into my life and some day I hope to be the kind of person that he thinks I am.  He also taught me that there is nothing wrong with the occasional nap..especially if you have someone to cuddle with.

Until one has loved an animal,  a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France

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