As 2017 comes to a close it may be a good time to consider bringing joy and delightful happiness into your life, and the lives of those you live and work with.
Joy and happiness are gifts that we give to ourselves.
Joy and happiness don’t come to you gift wrapped from someone else.
When I was a teenager one day I heard someone say, “As people get older, they either get bitter or they get better” and, for some reason that comment has stayed with me. I was determined that I did not want to grow bitter even though I had plenty of reason to do so.
Everyone has reasons enough to grow bitter.
However, we all have the ability to choose. I made a choice. Not to say there weren’t events over the years that caused me hardship, words spoken that hurt deeply, or relationships that soured or simply faded away and left a hole. We’ve all experienced these types of things, and still …we all have the ability to choose.
How we respond to the events in our lives, the failed relationships, and the hurtful words, is what makes the difference in how we ourselves grow – into bitter or better. Dr. Eric Allenbaugh says this:
“Every situation presents us with an opportunity to automatically react or consciously respond; a choice point. We are a product of our choices, not our circumstances.”
Many of us make time around the start of a new year to reflect back, and to plan forward. Perhaps now is a good time to take stock of what choices you want to make and, what creating joy and happiness means to you. How could you grow personally to include more joy and happiness in your being?
Every day we are given a new opportunity to make choices. The choice to do nothing and stay the same is still a choice. Remember that whatever choices you make in how you respond to life, and people, will have a ‘domino affect’ on everyone around you. Who you, or I, choose to be impacts everyone else.
And, naturally, no one gets it right all the time. We are human and sometimes we fail in both our menial and our glorious attempts. Don’t let that change your course, for failure is simply an opportunity to learn. Walt Disney and Thomas Edison know all about failing, over and over again, and ultimately succeeding beyond their wildest dreams. They made choices, and they learned something from each failure, then adjusted their choices and kept going.
May your new year be filled with the results of the choices you make, and may it include much joy and delightful happiness for you and yours.
Happy New Year!