TONI ASKS, "YOUR HAPPINESS SHOULD DEPEND ON NOBODY BUT YOURSELF. HOW CAN YOU TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN HAPPINESS?"
The happiest I have ever been has been when I have taken that step out in faith. Yes, I was scared, but I did it anyway. That as much as anything else, showed me that what I did had a lot to do with whether or not I would be happy. Sure, if someone walked up and gave me a winning lotto ticket, I would be happy. (If the winning ticket were for a large amount, I would REALLY be happy! :O) )
But I can also be happy without winning a lotto jackpot. And if you wait around for a jackpot to be happy, you'll probably be waiting for a very, very long time. That is when you surrender your possibilities for happiness to someone or something else. How sad.
My house is very crowded right now. There are 2 adults (my husband and me), two teenage boys, 1 tween girl, four dogs and 10 puppies.
I could concentrate on the lack of organization, the fact that there is hardly ever a quiet moment, the stunning amount of trash generated. I could go on for a while and get more disheartened and depressed at every step.
Or I could be happy that we are living in our own house. Many people don't. Some don't even have a place to live. I could be happy that the house built by my husband's paternal grandparents is still in the family. I could be happy that one of my children's grandfather's houses is minutes away, and that there is a lot of cross-generational contact. (I really only knew one of my grandparents, and I knew Mamaw (husband's paternal grandmother) better than all of my direct grandparents altogether. I am.
I would like to hug my house.