Life Resources :: A Tribute to Happiness, Part 2

A Tribute to Happiness, Part 2

Posted by admin on July 2, 2013

Previously I wrote about the legacy my dad left us.   I am constantly reminded that the life I am living is up to me to create.  As many of you know, bad things happen.  Bad things happen to bad people.  Bad things happen to good people.   When bad things happen, we have a decision about how we will handle that.  You can choose to dwell in the pain and unhappiness or you can choose to grow from it.

When I write about this choice, I’m often reminded of the Serenity Prayer…you know the part about “accept the things you cannot change”.  There are many things in my life that I may not be able to change.  The one area I have complete control over though is how I let those things affect me.  I decide.

Don’t get me wrong, there are days when it’s tough to decide that I really do have control.  Some days it’s much easier to assume I don’t.  It’s also less work.  However, it doesn’t get me closer to living the life I desire.   I wish I could tell you it’s just a matter of snapping your fingers and changing your thoughts.  While it is as “simple” as changing your thoughts, anyone who has tried to change their thinking, can attest to the fact that sometimes changing our thoughts is not easy.

Deciding how we want to live our lives is the first step.  Deciding what’s important to you and how you want to show up in life is a critical decision in determining how you will respond to life’s events.

When my dad died, I was unprepared for the grief.  My dad was going to live indefinitely (okay so maybe at least to 100).  A few weeks before he died, he was still working on a roof.  He was like the Energizer bunny, always busy with something.  It caught me completely off guard when I realized he died.  I was sitting in the exact same place I am right now when my brother called to tell me.  Then, I did what I think my dad would have done.  I figured out how I wanted to handle this loss.  I DECIDED I wanted to honor my dad’s legacy in any way I could.  I wrote his obituary. I wrote a story about him to be read at his funeral.   I focused on being grateful for the years he was with us on Earth.  I am so thankful my children were able to know him.

I inherited Dad’s collection of Peanuts books.  He loved reading the comic strip, watching the television specials, and thumbing through the books given to him for Father’s Days, birthdays, and Christmas.  In my next post, I’ll share one of his favorites.  For now though, I realize the optimism of Charlie Brown and my dad were very similar.

Today may be difficult for you or it may be glorious.  You decide how you will experience it.

“When life’s strong winds come blowing, bend with them and let.  By bending, you will become stronger in new places.  By letting go, you will make room for the new and better.”

–      excerpt from Instant Happy by Karen Salmansohn.

A book I purchased to remind me of the lessons I learned from my dad.

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