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…
Yay! It’s my birthday and I’m thanking God for His precious gifts of Life and Love! 🎈
This year is extra special since my doors opened wider for greater opportunities to share God’s Awesome Love! 🎈
As I celebrate His Sweet Faithfulness, I open the doors of my heart and thank you for making my journey in IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE most meaningful. 🎈
My birthday wish is for all of us to continuously celebrate LOVE in all its shapes, sizes, colors, textures, dimensions, melodies, verses, insights, stories, artistic expressions, and amazingly imaginable forms! 🎈
And while we’re at it, let’s have super fun woohoo!!! 🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈
I’ve been sweetly touched with your messages of love and inspiration! Thank you so much from my happy, happy heart! 💕💕💕
A few fellow bloggers shared that while they were relishing my abundance in featuring amazing Guest Posts, they did miss my sunshine posts awww….. ☀️☀️☀️ Well, that made me smile and yet, I also wanted them to appreciate what fuels my passion for blogging.
If it isn’t quite obvious yet (hahaha! 😂😂😂), I am most passionate about LOVE and I believe that over and beyond sharing my views, my stories, my thoughts, my artistic expressions, I truly want to demonstrate and live out LOVE in our WP community. Thus, my all-out efforts at giving our fellow bloggers the opportunity to Guest Post. I want to help more and more in our community gain greater readership and support for their awesome messages. Boy, we do a have a plethora of them! 👏👏👏 And in a broader scope, I aim to foster our loving community spirit in WP. 😀😄😄
So, I hope you’re all ready for endless rainbows of special Guest Posts! 🌈🌈🌈
Oh, but I do promise to continuously share my happy sunshine too! ☀️☀️☀️
Together, we can all make our world truly BEAUTIFUL! 🌷🌷🌷
I read the blog whose link I posted above – and it brought sunshine to me on this gloomy, gray Friday morning. I hope it brightens your day, too. It is so true… we can’t rely on outward circumstances to bring us our joy. The door opens inward!
When things look cloudy and gray
Just turn your focus away
From the things that are dark and gloomy
Let joy spring from your heart today.
Life IS an amazing journey
It DOES all begin and end with LOVE
So open the door to your heart’s love
And let JOY bring you strength from above.
You may be facing some darkness
Your skies may be cloudy and gray
But they don’t have to dampen your spirits
Let the Son shine in to brighten your day.
In my life, I’ve been asked nearly a million times (okay, an honest exaggeration, haha!) what the formula for happiness is.
Hmmm. I’m no mathematician, I’m no chemist. I’m no architect. I’m no engineer. I’m no interior designer. I’m no doctor. I’m no lawyer. I’m no psychologist. I’m no “professional” with multiple degrees to make me the “authority” on happiness.
But, an emphatic BUT, I can candidly and confidently share the formula that I’ve used all my life ….
I ADD smiles and laughter to others by sharing happy vibes, cool fun, and encouragement. I love to appreciate others and “catch them” doing great.
I SUBTRACT their tears by showing them compassion and understanding …. oh and yes, when I feel their hurt, I shed a tear or two with them and stay with them through their pain.
I MULTIPLY their growth by acknowledging their strengths and inspiring them to spread their wings and fly higher and higher till their hearts happily soar in the sky. Hope is the priceless gift that I love to give.
I DIVIDE their heavy loads and burdens by listening to their challenging stories and offering them a helping hand and a shoulder to cry on.
Having shared all that, I continue to celebrate the exponential impact on others when I make GRATITUDE the foundation of my personal guaranteed formula.Nothing fancy, one may say. However, it’s clearly effective (this time, NOT an exaggeration).
Gratitude is the powerful base ….. as I add, subtract, multiply, and divide in my journey towards Happiness.
Oh, but don’t take my word for it. Better try it out and see for yourselves. Do tell me about it.
Be prepared though. You may be taken aback (positively, I should say!) with the amazing results! Indeed, a grateful heart is a happy heart.
THANK YOU! From my grateful, happy heart to yours! ❤️
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!
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.
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.
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. ❤️