I have come to find that happiest people don’t wait for the flowers to bloom to be happy, they bloom with the flowers. The process of growth and transformation is what brings them to happiness.
When we can look at our life and appreciate the ordinary moments we will find balance and peace within ourself. If we can find joy in the ordinary moments, we can always find joy in our own lives, even in the darkest moments.
In my past I found myself clingy to the idea that happiness was right around the corner. It would happen some day, but not right now. It wasn’t my time. I needed to suffer a little more to understand happiness. I needed to wait for it, to allow it to come to me.
What I didn’t realize is happiness is always within me. I don’t have to wait. I just need to open myself, my heart, up to understanding that if we spend our life “waiting” for joy and happiness to come we will waste the most precious moments of our life: right now. Only when we can appreciate the “now” can we find happiness in the ordinary and not rely on the extraordinary to fulfill us.
Happiness is our own creation. I remember when I was working in Uganda that children who had nothing found happiness in everything, even a soccer ball they made out of rubber bands. It made me realize that at any moment we can choose happiness. We can always choose to see the light in situations. We get to choose.
Sometimes we forget how incredibly powerful we are. We have the ability to see situations with a new perspective. Every day I notice my mind shifting and expanding. It’s a wonderful feeling. Every day I open myself up to new ideas and people and I realize that everything I have been searching for is with me right now. This is happiness. Don’t wait for it, seek it out in this very moment.