Monday, April 14, 2014

Happiness Is A Choice

This experience we call 'life' isn’t easy.

Life doesn’t always hand out rainbows and sunshine. Often it delivers hailstorms and acid rain. Actually, life downright sucks sometimes. People can be shitty, and the government routinely fails us. Our bodies don’t always hold up the way we’d like. People we love sometimes leave, or get sick and die, while there isn’t a damned thing we can do about it. How can anyone be truly happy on this spinning ball of misery we call Earth?

Before us all lay two paths. Path A and Path B.

Path A: I let circumstances and outside forces determine my perception of life. Empower others to control my emotional journey. Permit the economy, the weather, or other people to affect my level of contentment. Really there are a million different factors I might allow to govern my happiness. I call Path A the Play-dough Path, because it can be shaped and molded by many factors. 

What's your path?
Path B: I am content with my existence at any given moment, regardless of financial status, physical well-being, or the state of the world as a whole. I find a way to be grateful for the blessings God has given me, while understanding, no matter how good or how bad my life may appear, there will always be someone who has it better AND someone who has it worse. Path B I simply call Happiness.

Every person selects their path, traversing one or the other at any given time. Sometimes, I jump from one path to the other, like a kid playing hopscotch, barefooted on scalding cement in the summer sun.

Today, I choose happiness. What path have you chosen? 


  1. I like this post and shared it on my Facebook page.

    1. Anita! Thank you so much for sharing this. I really appreciate it. <3 Have a lovely week.

  2. Randomly stumbled across this post while traversing your blog for editing tips, and it really spoke to me. So many people (including myself) spend years on Path A, not okay, but not realising it's not the world but our own attitudes hindering our happiness, and, if we grasp that, at a loss as to how to amend ourselves.
    Happiness is easier to find that we realise; simply by pushing away all the angst and being 'content with [one's] own existence at any given time' we can regain what we've lost. Even questioning the simplicity of such a gesture is a form of contention. Path B reminds me of the point of meditation: deliberately rejecting all the busyness and tedium of life, and accepting it in the moment for the moment.
    Sorry to expound at such length. Thank you for writing this; I feel compelled to save the link and share it with the myriad people I know who'd so benefit. To echo you, today I choose Happiness :-)

    1. Lillian, you are so right. And I am very happy this post spoke to you. Thank you for sharing it with others. <3


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