Much has been written on the philosophy of happiness. Let's be honest, if we had the chance to be happy versus not, we'll all choose the former instead of the later. So what is it? What's the ticket? How in the world can we rally around happiness instead of the air of fear which is the plague of our world right now?
I'm quick to point out, I don't know much, but my life is in constant transition to becoming.
I want to be someone more happy.
I want to be known for joy, instead of what I stand up against.
I want people to know me for what I'm for, instead of all the things I disagree with.
So, how do I get there?
For the last few months, I've been intentionally working on being grateful. It all started in a ramp up to Thanksgiving Holiday 2013. I felt like I needed an attitude adjustment. So much of the world is focused on the negative, but how many of us are willing to step out on a limb in honesty and say, "I'm grateful for _________"
My religious tradition asks me to "... demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5)
For some, that means to battle all the time against.
But I'm reading this a different way today.
Every morning I wake up and spend time thinking "I'm grateful for....
The air I breathe.
The fact I'm living on planet earth. (just think about trying to live on a different planet in the unforgiving universe.)
The family who loves me unconditionally.
The fact I have a job.
The notion I can think and reason on my own
I'm grateful for great friends
For unbelievable experiences
For the health I have
For the people who call me friends
For the beauty of living in this point in history
And you know what?
This discipline has proved to set my thoughts on things that are important instead of giving any credence to negativity.
It may sound a little strange, but I've got to tell you, living in the world of gratefulness has given me so many more positive days than negative ones.
I wonder if 2014 would be marked by people who vigilantly pursued gratefulness instead of entitlement.
So to the world...I'm grateful.
I'm grateful for my readers.
I'm grateful for my mentors.
I'm grateful for my friends.
You'll be surprised how it changes your mindset from looking for all the wrong things about the world, and imposes a new normal in your world.
Just try it for a week and see what happens. Take captive every thought that comes in your mind and fight that one. Own it. Challenge it. Make it your slave, instead of the opposite.
Let's be grateful people today.