By DL Banks
You have to be willing to get happy about nothing.
It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to them. I think by the time you’re grown you’re as happy as you’re going to be. You’ll have good times and bad times, but in the end you’ll be about as happy as you was before. Or as unhappy. I’ve known people that just never did get the hang of it. Finding happiness should not be seen as finding a needle in a haystack. Happiness is within. Each day is a blessing that brings an abundance of happiness. Therefore, finding happiness should be like finding a gift in a stack of gifts.
It is my observations, though, that happiness limits the amount of suffering one is willing to inflict upon others. The business of being happy requires making a conscious choice. People think being happy will just happen to them someday, if only they do this or that right. But it doesn’t you have to choose it. You choose happiness, you don’t wait for it to choose you. I believe there is a kind of happiness to be found in every thing in life, in all that is good and pleasing, as well as in that which is sad or poignant.I do not care about happiness simply because I believe that joy is something worth fighting for. In pursuit of happiness, smart people often end up dumbing down themselves. Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
While you’ll feel compelled to charge forward it’s often a gentle step back that will reveal to you where you and what you truly seek.The sky is not a limit for me; because I have no limit for myself in life. Because life is a world full of risk taking and possibilities. No matter how hard or easy life is; I will always find a way to enjoy myself; even in the mist of circumstances; because problems are just a sense of adventure in sheep’s clothing. A grateful mindset can set you free from the prison of dis-empowerment and the shackles of misery. At any given moment the choice to be happy is present we just have to choose to be happy.
I often think that shame, mere awkward, senseless shame, does as much towards preventing good acts and straightforward happiness as any of our vices can do. We’re all pieces of the same ever-changing puzzle; some connected for mere seconds, some connected for life, some connected through knowledge, some through belief, some connected through wisdom, some through Love, and some connected with no explanation at all. Yet, as spiritual beings having a human experience, we’re all here for the sensations this reality or illusion has to offer. The best anyone can hope for is the right to be able to Live, Learn, Love then Leave. After that, reap the benefits of their own chosen existence in the hereafter by virtue of simply believing in what they believe.
Stay away from conflictive, negative people that pull you down, because they contaminate your energy and impede your progress. Search for people who look at the world with optimism, that inspire you, make you happy and provide peace of mind. Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think. So start each day by thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for. Your future will depend very largely on the thoughts you think today. So think thoughts of hope and confidence and love and success. There’s a difference between living and just surviving. Do something you love, and find someone to love who loves that you love what you do. It is really that simple.And that hard.
The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.