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We die daily.  Happy those, who daily come to life as well.  George MacDonald

Every day brings about something new though all of it may not be pleasant and delightful. As mentioned in yesterdays post, at birth we are stamped with our expiry date, which in effect means that with each passing day a day in our life is dead. Yet, we are able to cheerfully look forward to the next day in hope and expectation that the new day brings forth even better tidings and gifts. How can one be cheerful, when we already know that every passing day brings us closer to our personal expiry date?

To understand this paradox, we need to appreciate the beauty of life. Life gives us ample opportunities to learn, grow and fulfill our potential. It is this growth physical, mental and spiritual that is the elixir of life and is the core of our living. We are nourished in this growth by the graces granted, the passion within and the love that encompasses us in varying shades be it parental love, love of our siblings, spouse, children or the love showered on us by friends, colleagues and the society at large. Every morning is then a celebration of life for it brings with it another 24 hours of challenges, opportunities and rewards. In accepting these challenges cheerfully, we grasp the opportunities given by life to reward ourselves each day. The biggest reward being the sense of achievement, the joy of giving and sharing and seeing the progress made in which we have played a part too.

Happiness is an inside job; yes we and only we can experience it. No one can inject us with a dose of happiness. It is imperative that we realize this unique feature of happiness and then strive to align our thought process our style of living and our entire attitude in a manner that enables us to exude happiness at all times. No doubt we will always be confronted with moments of intense grief, deep disappointment and trying times of anger and despair. Death, failure, betrayal are happenings too terrible to come to terms with but fortunately for us time is a great healer. When we are ready to see the brighter side of life, overlook the irritants that hurt us and make peace with our tormentors, accept our own limitations and can visualize joy and happiness in the little miracles that life provides daily, that is when we really LIVE LIFE the way it was meant to be.

Remember: “Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

Try these:

  1. List out 5 things that you do not posses at this point in time that you believe will bring happiness to you. Outline a plan to obtain these in the next two- five years. If you think that is not possible then  you need to revise the list to incorporate those things that will give you happiness and can be obtained in the next 2-5 years. Don’t you think it is pointless to pine for what you can never get?
  2. Make a list of 5 people in whose lives you want to bring special happiness.  Have not more than 2 family members in the list and ensure there is at least 1 stranger in the list. What do you think will give them the greatest joy by your proactive approach? Get cracking on doing all that you think will ensure their happiness at the earliest.

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