This is a little personal wisdom today…
I realize that to each person, happiness is personal, what makes one person smile another soul may not even notice. But ask yourself today, what gives you joy and hope? What is the most beautiful thing you’ve seen lately, who or what are you grateful for or what is that one thing or one person that you take for granted every day that you should be grateful for? If you ask yourself these questions and you can’t find any positive answers then perhaps it’s time to make some changes in your attitude or your life.
It may sound silly but I’ve been measuring happiness lately by the number of bathing suits in the wash in any given week. You can call it my personal happiness threshold, but it’s not my only way of measuring my happiness. I’m also grateful for the extended conversation I had with my mother, she always brings a smile to my face. I’m grateful for our family, our children, Dos Gatos and our many friends.
This week I added up five bathing suits on the line. I should have had at least one more but the Weather Gods called for a change of plans that day. Sometimes I’ve gone several weeks when my bathing suits have moldered in my dresser. That doesn’t mean that I’ve had a bad week when there are no bathing suits in the wash. What it means to me is that I probably didn’t have the time to take them out because I’ve been showing my love and gratitude to someone else other than myself.
I don’t mean this to be trite or condescending and yes, I am very lucky. In truth it hasn’t been always been an easy road and if things were to change at random or by plan I would still be grateful for the ride. Why? Because I choose to be happy. Not one thing, person or place can change that for me. And I’ve earned the right to happiness as do we all no matter what stage of life we are in. For me, a five out of seven is a pretty good score…in the campo.