“Why are you so unhappy?”
^^^^Found myself asking this question pretty often.
What IS it that makes us so unhappy?
Is it cos there’s something lacking in our lives? Are we facing too many problems? Or…. are we simply taking things for granted, and in the process of doing so, failing to see just how LUCKY we are?
I’ve thoroughly considered the above propositions, and I’m most inclined to believe those last bits in bold. I would know, I’m completely guilty. I’m a creature of routine. Day in, day out, I repeat the same pattern of living.
“OF COURSE I’ll get to workout tomorrow morning.”
“OF COURSE I’ll go to work after that.”
“OF COURSE I’ll return home safely after work.”
“Of course.” <– THIS makes everything seem like an entitlement, no?
Time to tweak things around a little perhaps? How about….
“I’m thankful I managed a run this morning despite the rain!”
“I’m grateful I’m still employed!”
“I’m so lucky the train didn’t break down on my way home from work!” (Haha!!!! Sorry, I had to.)
I’ve been thinking…. there are so many others out there struggling, trying to make ends meet, juggling work and personal problems, hoping for the best, DREAMING of living the kind of life that some of us are ALREADY LEADING…. yet, here we are complaining about trivial stuff, allowing ourselves to get upset over petty issues, dwelling on things that don’t matter…. when what we should really be doing is to APPRECIATE everything we are fortunate enough to be blessed with.
I find myself needing the constant reminder that, not so long ago, the life I have right now is something I could only dream of.
Are there others leading better lives? Yes.
Are there others who are blessed with so much more? For sure!
But…. would I want to trade places with anybody? No, I don’t think so.
Cos happiness is not about having the MOST or the BEST of everything.
–> HAPPINESS IS A STATE OF MIND. <–
The best part? YOU get to choose it. You wake up and decide to be happy.
This reminds me…. over the weekend I made a remark to Ming, I said….
“In a world where we can choose to be anything, I wonder why, in the past, I chose to be miserable all the time!”
^^^^Makes you think, eh? ;)