It’s been brought to my attention several times over the last couple of months that I am a happy person… I guess I’ve always known this but sometimes we get mucked down in the mire of life and lose our happy for a bit. I began reflecting on how to keep my happy (so that it shines out onto others) even when I’m feeling a little less than thrilled.
My motto is “Fake it til you make it”… that is, even when I’m feeling not so happy, I put a smile on. Sometimes it means being absolutely silly, singing crazy made up songs with the kids or talking in a ridiculous voice or quoting my favorite Monty Python quips. Whatever makes me giggle. This forced happy leads to real happy, honest!
I also think I’m in pretty good terms with the status of my life… I’ve made poor decisions (and who hasn’t) and I’ve learned and grown from each and every one of them. I accept life as it is, I know what I want to change and how to implement that change.
I’ve learned that no one else can be responsible for my happiness. True happiness must come from within, it comes from God and the knowledge that “happy” all the time isn’t what God intended for us… peace, love, joy, suffering, sacrifice… and so much more is what God has planned for each of us.
I’m in a place where I can welcome another into my life if God sends him to me… but I don’t “need” a man. That is, I am not looking for a savior, I already have mine in Jesus.
So, yes, this little light of mine… I’m going to let it shine! If ever you happen upon me and my light appears a little dim, give me a little “nudge, nudge, wink, wink!”.