“How can you possibly be so happy all the time?” “You must be in denial.” “Do you live in a bubble?”
These are statements and questions I’ve heard most of my life. When did our society decide that being positive is unrealistic or one must be living in a bubble or living in denial? Why is it that we’ve accepted negativity as a realistic way of living? Perhaps some think it’s easier to expect the worst so they aren’t let down. Let me tell you something, though, about expecting the worst; you’re always going to find it. Even when beautiful things might be right in front of you, you won’t even have the eyes to see it because you are too busy looking for something to be wrong.
Being positive doesn’t mean living in denial or not acknowledging certain events in your life. It’s about recognizing them, taking the lessons from them and then using those lessons to better yourself. You then can always walk in the wisdom that ALL events in your life are for the betterment of your spirit even when you don’t have the sight to see it.
So how does one become happy? Happiness isn’t something you achieve through a job, another person, money, fame or anything outside of yourself for that matter. Happiness is a choice and it’s something that you decide to be. So that’s it? CHOOSE to be happy? Yes! There it is. No big secret. You don’t actually have to do much. Then again, one of the hardest things to do is to find gratitude for the simple things in our lives. Another secret: the simple things are usually the most beautiful.
So perhaps I do live in a bubble. Maybe I am in denial. But, I believe that we all have choices in this world and I CHOOSE to sit in the light instead of the darkness. I know there are a lot of people sitting in a dark corner more than willing for me to join them. But I’m good. Thanks for the invite though.
*Over the coming weeks, you will probably notice the continual theme of positivity in my posts because I have found that when I allow myself to see the beauty in the world, the beauty always shows up! This is what I will continually share with all of you each week. This is what motivates me. This is what I’m passionate about. Life! And getting everyone on board with living!
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