Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Secret Of Happiness

"The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes but in liking what one has to do.  Some people pursue happiness others create it."

Lately due to having a little more time on my hands and a lot less money I got to feeling down.  Not to mention I started thinking and worrying about everything to the point my mind went in overdrive.

And then I stumbled across this quote that I just love.  Honestly, I do believe it is up to us to create our own happiness.  And to find happiness in our circumstances whatever they may be. 

What other choice do we really have?  We can sulk, give in to those unhappy feelings and hope for better days, or we can create and/or find happiness in our lives right now.  Which I realize is much easier said then done sometimes.

How often do we hear that no one can bring us happiness but ourselves.  Though I do think having a job one loves, having love in ones life, being financially secure, and those such things definitely help.  But I sense the true happiness comes from making peace with life, often times ourselves too.  And journeys like that involve finding joy within ourselves, within the world around us, that don't involve money or material things.

Those might be the hardest things to do but I think they bring a sense of profound enlightenment to the soul.  That way if by chance those other things that help bring happiness suddenly disappear, you will still have a deeper sense of happiness residing in your soul. 

Think of two thing that really makes you happy, one material thing and one non material thing and enjoy whatever they may be today!

I'm going to sit on our patio with my sweet doggie, and enjoy the flowers that are attracting beautiful monarch and swallowtail butterflies.  That is the purest sense of happiness I know.

{a swallowtail on our butterfly bush}

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