YES. You aways have a CHOICE. ❤️
bright yellow sirens
calling the bees to come feast
on liquid sunshine
Fellow blogger Yeka, from IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE blog, wrote a fun post today about perspective. It reminded me, in a fun way, that we have the power of perspective in choosing how to approach each new day. I’m going to join Yeka and the bees, and pop my happy pill today. And like Yeka, I acknowledge that there will be challenges certainly. And still, how our day progresses is hugely dependent upon how we choose to look at our day. What filters, meaning, beliefs, and responses do we choose and ascribe to simple events. A good example is when it rains. Many people instantly decide it’s a bad day simply because of the weather. When you have a challenge, see if you can find some good in it, or the faith that good…
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Your very first breath. Your very first cry. Your very first smile. Ahhh! These all signaled that glorious moment of your arrival. You were born. And our world was never the same!
With your miraculous birth came your undeniable claim, your indisputable privilege, your inalienable birthright. Your happiness. Yes, your gift to yourself and to the rest of the world.
But what is happiness, really? Is it a buzzword that people just nonchalantly throw around in social gatherings? Is it the poster-perfect image that people plaster on their social media accounts? Is it popularity in terms of how often your picture appears in glossy magazines or mega billboards? Is it your number of “friends” on Facebook or your number of “followers” on Instagram? Is it the attention-grabbing, shiny cars parked in your garage? Is it the grand vacation that you take to “get away from it all”? Is it your handsome paying job? Is it your highly diversified portfolio? Is it your gallery of certificates at home? Tell me now. Is it any of these external pleasures that are here today ….. and yet, may be gone tomorrow?
Well, we all have our own version of happiness and that’s totally okay. In fact, it’s wonderful that way. We’re all entitled to our own brand of happiness. As we navigate in our journey towards happiness, we may take different routes. Others may prefer to focus outward. Still, others may prefer to search within. It’s all a matter of mindset. It’s all a matter of perspective. It’s all a matter of meaning that we attach to things, to experiences, to people that we encounter in our lives.
Happiness is a gift wrapped in a variety of ways. It’s our choice to unwrap this precious gift and maximize it. It’s our choice to share it with the rest of the world too.
And what gives us the power to be authentically happy? Regardless of what’s happening around us. What gives us the ability to truly embrace happiness, to inhale it, to taste it, to savor it, to relish it, to be in the moment with it, to linger in it, to play with it, to relax with it, to grow with it, to learn with it, to work with it, to partner with it, to live with it, to love with it?
Ultimately, WE are the power of happiness within us. We decide to be happy. We choose happiness. We become happiness personified.
Does that mean that we put ourselves in a box and cease to be human? Does that mean that we need to surgically implant smiles on our faces just to ensure that we “look happy” all day long? Does that mean that we deny our other colorful and necessary shades of human emotions?
Oh no!!! Farthest from that. For happiness goes beyond flashy smiles and buoyant spirits. Happiness goes beyond mantras and positive declarations. Happiness is more of a steady, grateful smile in the heart. That may shine ever so brilliantly for all to see in energized festivities or even glimmer quietly in solitude in the dark. For happiness is not about what happens around us. Happiness simply reflects the beauty and strength that we possess within. Through the different seasons of life.
Yes, happiness is our birthright. Happiness is our gift of ourselves to the world. We were born to be happy. We were born to inspire. ❤️
So, what’s your kind of happiness ? ❤️
Hey YOU. Yes YOU! That’s who I want to see. In unadulterated beauty. In unfiltered goodness. In genuine purity. In elegant simplicity. In silent eloquence. In boisterous merriment. In reticent pensiveness. In raging boldness. In out-of-the-box madness. In irrepressible humor. In unquenchable curiosity. In all-that-you-truly-are form.
I want to see YOU draped in nothing but your authenticity. Yes, the real you. Not the dolled up, heavily made up you. Not the multiple-diet, pound-shaven you. Not the embellished, propped-up brand you. Not the insatiably hungry-for-likes you. Not the superficial, insta-you. Not anyone else attempting to be you.
Why? It’s the only language that I know, in my head and in my heart. Authenticity. In my world, everything is just as it is. Real and deep to the core. Yes, wrinkles, spider veins, and more. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I do what I do because that’s my personal choice. I carve out my day in a way that honors my soul and casts my light on whom I want to behold.
So, if you’d like for us to live happily in our shared world, this would be a great start. I’ll be myself and you’ll be yourself. It’s as simple as that. Be-YOU-tiful! That’s all you ever have to be! ❤️
This is my love message to my nieces and all the young girls in my life. And yes, this is also a sweet reminder for all gorgeous women out there who know that their real beauty and worth lie in who they are deep within. To all of you ladies, Stay Be-YOU-tiful! ❤️