Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Happiness as a Choice

Fantasizing about how life could be (if I was thinner, smarter, richer, prettier, could juggle chainsaws) is something we have all engaged in at one time or another. There isn't anything inherently wrong with fantasizing about winning the lottery or having no cellulite but getting lost in it can cause you to become discontented with your lot in life.

Life isn't always easy or perfect for any of us. Sure, some people seem to have it made but you never really know what it is to be in someone else's life until you have lived it. Instead of worrying about the other guy take a moment and think about your life and everything that you have.

I had some separation anxiety when my husband left on this most recent trip but instead of sitting home wallowing in my loneliness and being miserable, I'm making the best of my alone time working, working out, reading and catching up on my guilty pleasure television. We are very fortunate that we have jobs that keep the roof over our heads and healthy food on the table and I don't for one minute forget that.

We can't control circumstances or the actions of others but we can choose our thoughts and our reactions to them. Abraham Lincoln said it best...

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Could it be that simple? Could it be that we can be happy if we just choose to be? Yes, I believe that it is.

5 comments:

  1. Andra,

    How very, very true.

    Happiness really is a choice.

    When I focus on what I have, rather than what I lack, I become happy.

    Great reminder.

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  2. Thanks for the insight. Another thought...you can be thankful you have a husband to miss. :) I love mine too and miss him when he's gone too.

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  3. Beautiful post, Andra! You're so right.

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  4. I believe that positive thinking is a very positive thing. I have a natural tendency to think negative, so it takes effort to try and find the positive in a situation. But it works!! (At least for me)

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  5. Yes, it is...well said, Andra. :)

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