Right now, I choose Happiness.
"What is Happiness?" they asked.
Oh, well, hmm ... Let me think ...
Okay, how's this, as my personal definition of Happiness:
a whole lot of things
kind of like BLUE:
We've got pastel blue and periwinkle blue, royal blue, navy blue, indigo, slate, and more - variations on the theme of blue, shall we say? Blue is a very inclusive word, a broad-spectrum word. So's happiness. Being happy, I might feel delighted or appreciative or cheerful, or peaceful or contented or comfortable, optimistic, joyful, blissful, or ... some other variation on the theme. Like the blue of the sky, happiness shifts and changes.
... and then too, there are other colours ...
Right now, I can choose to feel happy, and I do. How long it will last this time? Who knows? This choice, I find, needs to be made over and over again. No matter how often I choose it, the one thing I know for certain: I'm not going to be happy 24/7! It doesn't work that way, darn it.
It's more like 24 seconds not sevens. I choose to feel happy and I do; time passes, things happen or don't happen, people or circumstances impinge upon my bubble, and suddenly I realize ...
Oh darn, I'm feeling ________________ (fill in the blank) It's time to choose happiness again - if I want to. Making the choice is in itself a choice. I confess - there are times when I don't feel like feeling happy. You too? That's okay. We have the capacity to experience many different states of being, none of them wrong in themselves. (Sometimes we may do wrong things because we're motivated by feelings - but that doesn't mean the feelings themselves are wrong.) I'm not telling anyone, including myself, that I must or even ought to feel happy all the time. Like I said, 24/7 ? Not gonna happen! But here's the thing:
I used to believe that all emotional states just happened. I assumed they were outside of my control. Completely outside my control.
Now, I realize that we can choose our emotional state ... if and when we want to, combined with if and when we actually notice how we are feeling.
I don't know about you, but all too often, my emotional state slips under the radar of my awareness. I don't realize I've fallen off the Happiness Bandwagon until I go bump on the rocks of less pleasant emotions. Then I get up, give the bruises a sympathetic rub, and haul myself back on board saying,
"Right now, I choose to feel happy,