Choices In Life

I believe that happiness is a choice and that people can choose to take advantage of the opportunities that they are afforded, so they can learn how to be happyAbraham Lincoln said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  You don’t need to chase down that elusive butterfly and try to get it to sit on your shoulder, just start off with a smile and take responsibility for your own contentment.  I guess some people do suffer from depression, but I have never experienced that.  I have had my share of bad times, but I never saw any sense in being miserable because of any circumstances that I encountered.

Don’t dwell on unhappy events, instead focus on something that made you smile.  Happiness is a feeling of exhilaration, satisfaction and a deficiency of worries and anxieties, that is usually experienced when everything is okay, when your plans have proceed as expected, or when you recognize that you are loved or respected.  I derive happiness from writing and right now I have set a personal goal of writing my 500th post before the end of the year.  In my dreams I reach tranquility by watching the Sun setting, or by laying on the beach.  I choose to allow happiness into my life, and it has become a permanent part of who I am.  I am not saying that everyone should be as jolly as Chevy Chase in the National Lampoon’s Vacation movie, where he loses it on the way to Wally World and says, “It’s a quest, a quest for fun, I’m gonna have fun and your gonna have fun, were all gonna have so much fucking fun that we will need plastic surgery to remove our goddamn smiles, as you’ll be whistling zippydodah out of your assholes.”

Holly Jolly Christmas Burl Ives / Norman Rockwell

Have a holly jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year
I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer
Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet
Oh ho, the mistletoe hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you, kiss her once for me

12 thoughts on “Choices In Life

      1. oh yeah, you have no idea. it’s tough if you’re miserable, because you see nothing is beautiful anymore, but if you want, really want, you can see past the ugly. i’ve been there once, and i’m greatful that i let it go.

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  1. I love the song Holly Jolly Christmas! I think your blog post is on point. We choose how we respond to life’s ups and downs. We have the opportunity to let go of the negative, grasp the positive and move forward. It is always good, however, to be reminded that the opportunity is ours.

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