Happiness by definition according to Merriam-Webster dictionary is: a state of well-being and contentment
How often do we put conditions on Happiness? I’ll be happy when I find a love partner, when I have my debt paid off, when I own (“______”), when I lose the weight. Interesting that we choose to deprive ourselves of something that’s abundantly available to us for free and at a blink of an eye. When we allow ourselves to enjoy this free and infinitely abundant gift the lens through which we view the world and our lives shifts to one coloured with hope and joy.
Stephen Covey shared with us that “10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react. What does this mean? We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us. We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane may be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic. We have no control over this 10%. The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%! How? By your reaction. You cannot control a red light, but you can control your reaction. You can control how you react!” (http://ahkong.net/applying-stephen-coveys-9010-principle-in-our-daily-lives/)
Life happens that a fact. The quality of each “happening” can be fun, interesting and empowering or it can be a drag. In life a shot arrow, a missed opportunity and a spoken word are three things you will never get back. Each moment in your life is an opportunity to exercise choice and to create the most amazing and colourful painting as your legacy. For every happy heart there is a ripple effect of love that encourages, nourishes and supports someone who is struggling and it costs you nothing. Instead it nourishes your soul and enriches your life in each moment.
It’s never too late and the canvas awaits your brush….Which colours and images will you choose to paint on that canvas?