“The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you have been reading the Daily lately then you know I have been wondering why so many folks go through life missing much of the enjoyment it has to offer. Some become so frustrated with what they view to be their failure to secure those things that would make them happy that they often turn to anger and search for something or someone to blame for their plight. It seems that our current culture has conditioned lots of folks to believe that their worth is solely based on their wealth and position.
I know you have heard all this from me before but I repeat it only because I know in my heart that it does not have to be that way and I feel the pain of those who do. I am always amazed at how we can see something one way if we are looking for flaws and another if we are looking for positive aspects. I feel good about the fact I chose not to waste my time looking for what’s wrong with my condition or searching for a nonexistent culprit who is more responsible for my life than I am. I much rather use the time I have enjoying what I do have and placing value on the little day to day things that fill all most every waking moment. Let’s face it reaching the top of the mountain is not the lingering achievement it is the climb.
Here is something I found written by a guy who publishes a blog called Attitude Tips that I think has merit and is worth sharing.
Your happiness is the most important aspect of your life. Why do I say this? Because if you really examine everything you do, and everything you want to have, I would bet that it’s because you believe doing and having those things will make you happy. Am I right? If you want a new car, or a new relationship, why do you want those things. Ultimately, it’s because you believe these things will make you happy. Being happy is really the main goal of pretty much every living person on this planet earth.
Once you understand that happiness is your true goal, you also start to understand that new stuff, new relationships, and new achievements aren’t really what you are after. Sure, they might be nice side benefits, but if you were happy now, would any of that stuff really matter to you much?
This is where the importance of a positive attitude comes in. When you start developing a positive attitude in your life. You begin to look at what is already good in your life, and start to have more gratitude for what you already have. Instead of focusing on what is lacking and what is wrong in your life, you refocus on what you have already been blessed with. Living life with a sense of gratitude instead of feelings of lack and frustration will cause you to feel happy. When you already feel happy, all of those other things you thought you wanted or needed suddenly only become stuff that would be nice to have. And when that happens, your happiness is no longer dependant on other people, places, things, or achieving goals.
The interesting thing is that once you move in to a state of hootlessness (to borrow a term from the Sedona Method course) about getting what you want, you actually start getting more great things happening in your life. You see, when you move from a state of “must have” to “nice to have”, you have dropped all the resistance out of your vibration. And when the resistance is gone, the law of attraction can move things in to your life at a much faster pace.
The only thing complaining does is to convince other people you are not in control and that you let less than positive circumstances control your mood and outlook.
The man looked a little worried when the doctor came in to administer his annual physical, so the first thing the doctor did was to ask whether anything was troubling him.
“Well, to tell the truth, Doc, yes,” answered the patient. “You see, I seem to be getting forgetful. No, it’s actually worse than that. I’m never sure I can remember where I put the car, or whether I answered a letter, or where I’m going, or what it is I’m going to do once I get there — if I get there. So, I really need your help. What can I do?”
The doctor mused for a moment, then answered in his kindest tones, “Pay me in advance.”
Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
A mother was telling her little girl what her own childhood was like: “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.” The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”
There is only one pretty child in the world and every mother has it.
A young man hired by a supermarket reported for his first day of work. The manager greeted him with a warm handshake and a smile, gave him a broom and said, “Your first job will be to sweep out the store.”
“But I’m a college graduate,” the young man replied indignantly. Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t know that,” said the manager. “Here, give me the broom – I’ll show you how.”
“Show me a man who is a good loser and I’ll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss.”
Having been married ten years and still living in an apartment, the wife would often complain about anything, as she was tired of saving every penny to buy a “dream home”. Trying to placate her, the husband found a new apartment, within their budget.
However, after the first week, she began complaining again. “Joel,” she said, “I don’t like this place at all. There are no curtains in the bathroom. The neighbors can see me every time I take a bath.”
“Don’t worry.” replied her husband. “If the neighbors do see you, they’ll buy curtains.”
“Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.”
My aunt’s neighbor in New York had a beautiful black cat, named Felix, who spent his days outside and came indoors at night. One cool October evening, he disappeared. The neighbor searched for him in vain for several days. The following spring,, however, Felix reappeared, looking healthy and clean. She figured he’s been out sowing his wild oats. Everything was back to normal until that autumn, when Felix disappeared again. The next spring, he returned. Perplexed, my aunt’s friend began asking neighbors for clues. Finally, she rang the bell of an older couple who lived down the street. “A black cat?” the woman said. “Oh, yes! My husband and I hated to see him out in the cold, so we bought a cat carrier. We take him to Florida with us every winter.”
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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