Happiness Is A Gift

“I had a nightmare this morning, I woke up and did the things I was supposed to do and tonight” he said with a smile “I am happy.  But I’ve had other days exactly the same and I have not been happy. You see happiness is a gift.”

My friend sharing that little story changed my perspective on happiness. It seems we spend time searching for happiness, trying to find happiness and expecting to be happy. What if we simply let happiness surprise us? What if happiness were a temporary gift, something to be enjoyed and savored for the moment?

If happiness is a gift what then can we achieve on a daily basis regardless of our situation? Acceptance.  Learning to accept that I am right where God wants me to be takes intentionality especially when people, places or things are not the way I want them to be. When I focus on acceptance I find myself calming down. The urgency in my life fades and I feel peace filling in the void left behind.  There’s another word I’m working into my vocabulary these days-contentment. Have you ever thought about what marketers do to us always urging the purchase of their products? Advertising breeds a discontent and many days I tell myself “God is in control, I have everything I need.”  It’s a simple basic philosophy but the truth be told I have to remind myself often to get back on the path of acceptance and contentment.  Happiness is a gift, but acceptance is the way to peace.

"For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow