I’m running on almost no sleep. I woke up in the middle of the night with terrible leg cramps. Most of all, I still miss Cindy more than I can possibly say. Still, through it all, I choose to be happy.
Too often we get wrapped up in the notion that our circumstances determine whether or not we’re happy. Nothing is further from the truth. Happiness is a choice. You cannot always control your circumstances, but you can almost always control your reactions.
Today, it would be very easy for me to be grouchy, sad, depressed and just downright cranky, but that would not be helpful. I need positive energy in my life and that starts with me. I’ve been known to give into the more negative thoughts and feelings in the past, but that’s not what I’m going to do today. Today, for the next 24 hours, I choose to be happy. Come what may, I choose to be positive, upbeat, loving and kind. The world does not get to determine my mood. I get to decide what mood I’m going to use to face the world.
This isn’t about being naive or foolishly giddy. This is about empowerment. We have the choice to be a victim or a survivor. Today, I choose to be a survivor. I choose to face the world on my terms and to shout at the negative forces, “You can’t have my happiness and you can’t steal my joy!’
I hope you are having a great day and that you, too, have chosen to be happy today.