Happiness is…

It’s that time again! Blog time!

I have had a lot of time to think about life today.

Let’s just say that I had one of those mornings where everything seems to go wrong. I overslept, drove all over Nashville looking for a Theta service project, and had to walk a mile by myself at a state park in order to find said project. It’s a long story that you don’t need to hear. 

Anyways, as I was walking along the lake by myself today, I was angry with myself and my situation. However, I took a moment to stop in order to get a different perspective. I was standing by a beautiful lake, with the leaves changing, and I was about to spend the whole morning with some of the best girls in the world. I had no reason to be upset. I knew my friends would forgive me for being late, so I needed to forgive myself. 

Isn’t it funny how we spend so much time looking at the negative aspects of a situation? We occupy our conversations and our thoughts with complaints. Here’s my question… where’s the good in that? If we cut our time complaining in half and think about all the cool stuff in our lives instead, we would be much happier and better off. 

Take, for example, homework and assignments. Whenever I get stressed or upset about how much time I spend in the library, I have to remind myself that it’s just a sign that I go to college. I know right now that you’re thinking, “DUH!” but bear with me. What I mean by that is that I get to the attend the coolest university in the world. If I have to do homework in order to continue to go here, then that’s fine with me! Also, I’m learning so much. Nothing is more motivating than that.

A positive attitude is so important. Here’s a short story to explain my point.

“Once upon a time, there was a pirate captain who longed to seem important and scary. However, he always felt subordinate to the show-off, Captain Hook. How could he compete with a guy who has a hook for a hand? That’s so hard core. Anyways, he wanted to find his defining characteristic. He tried a parrot on his shoulder, an eyepatch, gold teeth, all the stereotypical pirate stuff. Nothing worked. So instead of looking at what he didn’t have, he took a different perspective on his appearance. And that’s when he realized something that he had that Captain Hook didn’t! He had two hands! He could fight with both, he could text, open a door while talking on the phone, and could put on shadow-puppet shows that didn’t incorporate “hook” as a character. What a joyous day! And from that day on, the seas were ruled by Captain Hands.” 

The end.

I don’t mean to give out any spoilers, but in the sequel he battles Ursula from, “The Little Mermaid.”

A silly story, yes, but it makes the point. Instead of craving what others have, whether items or talents, try to take stock of your life. I’m guessing you have every reason to be thankful and to feel blessed. 

I have a challenge for you for this week. Whenever something comes your way that makes you mad, frustrated, upset, dismayed, cross (if you’re British), disconcerted, agitated, or distressed, try looking at the situation in another way. Find that proverbial “silver lining.” Because life’s too short to waste time being upset. 

Here’s my quote for you today, and this time it actually has to do with the theme of my post! Quelle Suprise! It comes from a wonderful lady (except for the time that she chopped down that cherry tree), Martha Washington. 

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” -Martha Washington

Love your neighbor as yourself and never forget to have a great day!





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