Sunday, July 31, 2011

Happiness comes from within

Have you ever noticed how many truly unhappy people there are out there?  And I'm not talking about those that are poor, sick, or depressed.  I'm actually talking about most people in our society today.  All you have to do is look at how much of a consumer-based society we in the west have become and it will be abundantly clear.   

I'm not saying I'm happier than anyone else, but I work at creating happiness in my life.  I look at my actions, my thoughts, my behaviours and try to identify where they're coming from and why. 

Happiness can be found in the smallest of things:
  • Savouring the breakfast you just spent half an hour preparing - how often do we spend so much time cooking and so little time enjoying the fruits of our labour?
  • How beautiful music transports us - how often do we catch ourselves feeling really good when we hear a certain song or type of music?  
  • Seeing the beauty of the person sitting in front of us - how often are we caught off guard by the beauty we see in the person sitting in front of us?  And sometimes it isn't even physical beauty we are seeing.
  • The smell of freshly cut grass or damp earth after a rainstorm - how is it that these things have the power to grab our attention yet we rarely stop to feel the good they are doing us?
  • The hug or kiss of a loved one - how often do we just "go through the motions" and not really feel the warm embrace of the people we love?
In our hurry to find that one thing that will make us truly happy, we miss out on the million different things happening to us every moment that have the potential to give us that happiness we are looking for.

Food for thought on this beautiful Sunday morning...


1 comment:

  1. You have always been this wise, haven't you? More Loving kindness....mindfulness....being grace. .... You Amaze me!