Years ago when I was a sign language interpreter for the Kindred School District one of the students gave me a little gift book filled with quotes at the end of the school year. I still have that little book which is kind of amazing since it was given to me in May 1999 (it has been around longer than a number of my relationships).
I ran across the little book as part of what seems like the never-ending process of purging we have engaging in over the past year of moving out and back in and out and back in to the lower level. It is startling how much “stuff” one acquires, but even more interesting the things one keeps.
The book is called, “The Key to Happiness” and it has a little attached ribbon bookmark with a key at the end to mark your place. It is filled with lovely thoughts about how to achieve happiness.
I like reading positive statements that remind me that happiness is a choice. It is a choice – it is a framing we can choose or cast aside. I get this – even on the days I choose to cast the happiness framing aside. Yet, even on the dreariest days – the days where I am so sure that I am the best pity party thrower of all time – I know where to go to see happiness at its origin and I manage to make my way there.
And where is this place of instant happiness? Well, I can tell you where it is for me. Everyone is different I imagine. I can find my instant happiness in any number of places, but the place I can most easily find it these days is on our family friend Jackie’s Facebook page. Jackie has two little orbs of happiness that regularly grace her Facebook page and every single time I look at them I smile. Those little orbs – Nolan and Piper – are Jackie’s two young children. They exude happiness in such a way that you cannot help but absorb it when looking at them. Seriously, you cannot avoid the happiness they exude. Test it out for yourself.
You see what I mean? You cannot avoid it.
So the next time you need a reminder to choose happiness over the pity party for one – find your happy place…or come back here and look at Nolan and Piper again. It works for me every time.
Day eight hundred and fifty-seven of the new forty – obla di obla da