Friday, October 16, 2009
How to be Happy.
This chilly Friday morning sitting next to my window in a cozy corner of my apartment, drinking coffee and watching Parisians on the street below. I'm happy and content on the inside and stop for a moment to ask myself "why?"
As I look around inside my tiny apartment, I ask,"Why am I so happy here?, Why do I feel happy in this moment?" The answer comes, as if announcing the title of the next blog entry, "How to be Happy - Don't dwell on the Negative."
"Wow!", I thought as the word dwell, rang a bell in my head. Sure, bad stuff happens, I can't deny or ignore that, but then I dwell.
A movie started to play in my head: A 'friend' gives me a piece of candy to try. It looks good, so I put it in my mouth. It's sour, bitter, and disgusting I realize as my lips pucker up and my face becomes distorted. My friend laughs and says, "Don't spit it out...it gets sweeter." As I pucker and frown even more, I taste the meaning of "dwelling on it." I immediately spit it out and everything is fine.
Dwelling on the negative in Life is like keeping the sour candy in my mouth, (all day long) when I can freely spit it out. Why would I choose to walk around sucking on it all day?
I've began to purchase and accept from my friends and others only the 'good stuff', the really good stuff. I've began to dwell on the good stuff and spit out the sour.
How to be Happy? - Don't dwell on the Negative.