"The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything they have." -Unknown
I love this quote because it is so true. How many people do you know that say they would be so happy if only they had this or that? There are people that truly believe the newest Tory Burch bag would make them happy, or a house decorated in 100% Pottery Barn. There are sick people who believe they could only be happy if they were well. There are infertile people who believe they would be happy if they could have a child. And there are single people who believe they could only be happy if they had a perfect mate.
While it may be true that some of these things can bring great joy for a moment or even a life time, does it mean you can’t be happy now? Just as, and where, you are? I know some of you might be saying to yourself, "this woman is acting like I should be running around happy all the time. That's not real life." And that's a valid point. Life is not always happy and every day will not always be a happy one. But, you have more control over your happiness than you might believe.
The happiest people I know have found their happiness because they understand that it comes from within. Perspective is everything people. Some days, I find myself exhausted and I look down at my daughter tugging at my leg and doing her fake cry and I think to myself, I have a choice to make here. And I don't always choose happiness. I'm not perfect. But I try to make a conscious effort to stop, breathe, and pull her up into my lap and tickle her. When I hear her giggling, it reminds me of the choice I made to be happy in this moment. I had to make that effort, that choice.
What’s holding you back from being happy today? Maybe you have further to go, but enjoy the ride on your way there. There are no guarantees in this life. It’s time to get happy!