Monday, July 25, 2011

7/25/11—Choosing Happiness

Today's Draw: Ten of Cups from the Hezicos Tarot. Is happiness passing you by? Why do you think that is? What do other people know about happiness that you may not?

The Ten of Cups is a card of happiness and contentment. We tend to think of happiness as that thing we chase...that thing that hits us over the head...that thing we earn...that thing that some person or situation brings us. But happiness isn't any of that. 

Happiness is a choice. And it's a choice we make from within, despite what is going on around us. Somewhere along the line we learned that emotions like happiness and sadness are dependent on outside forces acting on our life. When someone dies, we're supposed to be sad. When someone loves us, it makes us happy. But that means putting our emotions into the hands of outside forces. It means we're not in control of how we feel. Everything BUT us is. And that is actually victim thinking. You may not like that word, but that's what it is. 

Truth is, most of the time what stands between us and happiness is the way we choose to view a situation. A breakup, for example, could be viewed as a sad ending or a happy beginning. A car accident could be viewed as a pain in the arse or the day your life was spared by an angel. A deal that goes wrong can be viewed as a betrayal or a valuable lesson. 

Happiness is in your hands. You don't have to chase it down or wait for someone or something to bring it to you. You can start having it by recoloring the way you look at your life. This is, of course, assuming you don't have someone seriously wrong with your brain chemicals or you prefer to wallow in darkness for one reason or another. But for the rest of us, when we wonder why it's so elusive or such an occasional visitor, the answer can be found in our own attitude. 

We can choose to find joy in silly little things. We can choose see the gift, instead of the price...what we have, instead of what is missing. And we can choose to let little disappointments pass. Consider this as you go through your day and see where you can turn things around to happy.

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