Happiness can seem so elusive. We often wait for happiness to arrive with the next “thing” or “event” to occur in our lives. I have found myself some days asking ‘why do I not feel happy today?’ It wasn’t until recently that it clicked AGAIN for me where to find my happiness.
Happiness is found in gratitude.
Some might think that we’ll find the gratitude once we have achieved our happiness, but ironically, it doesn’t seem to play out that way in real life.
An anaolgy for you to ponder today:
If you look at a flower, often most of us just see the flower, the beautiful colors and unique petal formation. You appreciate the scent and it lifts your mood. Flowers bring a moment of happiness.
The flower bloom is simply the result of so much more. What about the stem? What about the seed? What about the soil, the sun, the rain, the nutrients passed through the soil unseen to benefit the growth of the flower? What about perfect understanding of that little seed, knowing exactly what it is meant to become, because it has been designed from the beginning for beautiful results.
All of what goes into making a flower bloom is like gratitude.
Gratitude will lead you to the result of happiness.
We are designed to experience happiness. It is as much a part of us as a flower bloom is for a seed.
I am as guilty as the next person for expecting nature to reverse itself for my happiness. Hoping that the happiness will come before the gratitude. It just isn’t that way. It isn’t nature’s way to have a flower bloom before all the previous work has been done. Who am I to reverse nature?
This week is a time of year that I celebrate Gratitude. I invite you to celebrate with me! Look around your life, in all you do express gratitude, and wait for the happiness to flood your life.
When you drive down the road to visit family this Holiday, be grateful for the road you are driving on…and the rocks in the cement, and the thousands of years to make those rocks, and the people who spent time and energy gathering the materials and placing them so you could drive down a road to visit the people who mean something to you.
As you go about your week, leave a wake of gratitude for all around you to feel and notice, because you were there.