“…In every life we have some trouble, But when you worry you make it double. DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY…”
This song holds a very special place in my heart. It’s gotten me through many hard times, and it just has that tune that can instantly bring your mood up! I’m sure you have a song like that too. !! Stop what you’re doing, go leave me a comment with your favorite song that always makes you happy !! (then come back of course)
When you think about it, humans are just so complex! We love, we hate, we laugh, we cry. So many emotions that we go through–EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s hard to understand, and it’s hard to figure out why. But when we set aside the problems, and we look at the good in the world, we become aware of how lucky we actually are!
You see, I don’t think that enough people show their gratitude. Of course, I don’t mean a sappy FB post, or a big production. I’m talking about simple happiness. It’s all around us, we just have to find it. If you know me, you know that I am a “glass half full” kind of girl. I hate dwelling upon the negativity and hurt that I see. Because you know what? It won’t go away. Being sad, being mad, that won’t change it. (Now, please don’t take this the wrong way! I am solely speaking about my own thoughts and ideas.) I just find that I can live so much happier, when I focus on the positives. Our society makes it VERY difficult to see the good. We’re always judging each other, and comparing ourselves. I hate it. Why do we do this? Why are we like this? Those are questions that I’ll probably never get an answer to…and that’s okay. Because I choose to look past the dark, and see the light. You know what they say, “when life gives you lemons”.
There’s always something good in every day, sometimes you just have to look a little harder.
Let me tell you a little story… On Monday, of course, the weather was extremely gloomy. We had tornado watches, tons of wind, and a whole lot of rain! I’ll be honest, I was getting kind of upset. I found myself feeling angry that I had to drive home from work in that mess, and I was just being very negative about the whole situation. Deep down, I knew that I was being my regular ole dramatic-self about it, but it was hard not to. Cold, and rainy just isn’t my style (unless I’m home in bed)!! As I got in my car, and headed home, I noticed the sun peaking out from the clouds. The whole sky went from dark grey to bright golden yellow. I was in awe. So quickly, my mood changed, and everything around just lit up. “Golden hour” as it’s called. When I turned the corner, I could see the end of a vibrant rainbow glowing in the distance! You guys, it was STUNNING!! Of course I was trying to keep my eyes on the road, and avoid crashing my car…yet all I wanted to do was pull over and just take it all in. (yes I am THAT person who stops on the side of the road to admire the sky) Finally I pulled into the apartment complex, and I could see both ends of the rainbow, and then I realized there was more… Not one, but two full rainbows in the sky! All I could think about was how selfish I had been earlier. Feeling sorry for myself, and acting as though the whole day was ruined over something so small. Soon after the ROYGBIV stripes faded away, the entire sky lit up of orange and pink shades. One of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen in a while! My heart was full again.
Here’s the thing. This day could’ve gone to shit! I could’ve decided to curl up in bed, and wasted the rest of the day away. I could’ve whined and complained aimlessly… But why?? Just when I was feeling as though my attitude was done for, God came in and wiped that all away. I forgot about the petty problems, and I was shown just how beautiful this world is! After all, YOU CAN’T HAVE A RAINBOW WITHOUT A LITTLE RAIN!
Happiness is a choice. You wake up each and every day with a decision to make. Before you step foot out of bed, before you roll over and check your social media. You get to decide.
How will I spend today? Will I choose to be happy?
Some days are harder than others. I get it. When every little thing seems to be the end of the world, and you just feel like all odds are against you… Trust me, I know–I have those days too. We all do! It’s what makes us human. While It’s not always easy to see the good in life, I believe that any day above ground is a great day! (am I right??)
Think about it. God isn’t finished with you yet. He breathed life into you the very day you were born, and here you are how many years later? You’ve come this far! Phillipians 4:6 says, “Do not worry about anything, instead pray about everything.” For many reasons, that is my favorite verse. When we look to God for help, and reassurance, He never fails us.
So I am going to challenge YOU!! When you have a hard day, and everything seems to be going wrong–look for at least ONE thing in your life that makes you happy. Read your Bible, have a coffee break, go for a walk, anything… Take some time to really assess your situation, and be grateful.
Yes of course, being sad is always acceptable. Hell, crying can sometimes help more than anything. I just really want us all to practice gratitude, and enjoying the little things in life. Step back from the big picture, and appreciate each and every piece of the puzzle.
And above all, DON’T WORRY. BE HAPPY!
Until next time…
Stay positive, my love!!