Be happy. Is happiness a possibility, no matter what? Can I be happy despite what my current circumstances reflect? Is it possible to be happy, in this very moment, above all other feelings? Can I choose happiness. Apparently happiness experts tell me it is within my reach. My ability to choose positivity and build on that one positivity choice creates more happiness. The more I focus on choosing positive thought the more happiness; like stardust happiness will find its way into my being and into my day.
Most humans are in pursuit of this elusive virtue and because of the vigorous pursuit miss out on the happiness happening right under our noses? Always wanting more, when all of what we need is right in front of us.
I received some “Happy Mail” from my internet BFF, Clintine Steele. Receiving snail mail always makes me super happy! Clintine sent me a beautiful handmade card. Inside were tiny pieces of art and a quote. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe reminds us, “Nothing is worth more than this day.” On the outside of this tiny pop open card was the phrase “BE HAPPY”. When I combine this phrase with Johann’s quote the impact was astounding for me and the possibilities seemingly endless. I carried it with me everywhere, as a reminder to enjoy every moment of every day and to contemplate on the gift of that day no matter what was in store.
If I looked at this tiny little message card and the powerful impact its message could have on my life I would see: without this day today, I would not have the chance at working at reaching my dream life; without this day today, I would not have the chance to feel moments of happiness; without this day today I could not move closer to my hopes and dreams; without this day today I could not meet goals set in the past; without this day today I could not learn to forgive or be forgiven; without this day today I would not have the chance to be creative; without this day today I could not choose happiness for me, for my life, and those I affect.
It has often been noted that children are so happy all of the time! This could not be farther from the truth. Children are not always happy but rather, they live in the moment, in a confidence and certainty that all things will be revealed in time, completely connected to the spiritual nature of their being over reality, of what seems to be. Children connect with single moments and as a result notice happiness or find cause to be happy through play whenever possible. Have you ever noticed a whaling toddler completely out of control and if they are distracted from the previous difficult moment they naturally and constantly move passed sadness and towards a lighter, happier moment. The crying stops and we as the observer feel immense relief both emotionally and physically - no one likes the sound of a crying baby - with the exception of very few.
I was surrounded by low feelings searching me out for two days in a row this week. This low or what I relate to as sad feeling loomed. I couldn’t shake it for some reason. Sometimes it is like that, for me. I can’t always connect to what thoughts are causing the heaviness. I like to meet my feelings head on and for that reason I stayed with the sad feelings and allowed them to just be. For me, negative feelings have just as much a purpose in my life as do the positive ones. If I sit with them long enough they can be my teacher - perhaps of something I was suppressing or wanting to hold on to because I am choosing sadness. When clarity arrives I thank my sadness and choose to move on.
But the other day something beautiful happened inside my sad moments. An image of a project I wanted to create had been nagging me at the back of my mind to come forward into expression. I like to complete these ideas when they are there in my head always at the time they are happening. Experience has shown me that if I don’t act on the idea in that very moment, even if it is in a small way, that I will lose the idea forever. My goal was to meet an online deadline for submission but my creative motivation lately is exploring handmade party decor (not related to the submission challenge). Store bought party decor is so outlandishly expensive.
Something magical happened while I was creating and playing at getting this idea out of my head. The magic was that happiness happened to me in that moment of creative play. The sadness inside me completely lifted and moved outside of my being. It could have been the sunshine peeking in the window onto my craft table illuminating my tools and supplies that ignited a joy inside me. It could have been the gratitude I felt inside for the tools themselves that moved my sadness aside making room for more joy. But I think it had something to do with the colours I was working with because while photographing my piece to submit I felt something lift me up to a lighter place and happiness remained and still does and I am not questioning why.
Happiness is something we want. It is something we study and track and try to grow in deeper understanding about and yes we do search for it always. Without this day today we would not have the chance to choose at being happy, even if for a moment.
Because I let myself play even when in the depths of despair and discouragement art and creativity never fail me. They are always there to catch me and hold me tight no matter what. Happiness happens during the doing of any creative action. Happiness happens when the art is happening.
Happiness is there right in front of me. When I am feeling low I look around and find one thing to be happy about. Or I think of one thing I am happy about or that is going well for me in today. When I move on to my next happy thought or thing I see the third happy thing happens without effort as if I am sprinkled with stardust or in my case glitter. Today, I can choose to be happy moment by moment and if I am in a sad moment I can choose art.