Do You Want To Be Happy?
Everyone has the desire to be happy. But have you ever really thought about how to be happy? What makes you really happy? Some people find their joy in a new “thing” or “toy”. But as soon as the new wears off they are unhappy again. So how do we actually find joy? How do we learn to be happy and content?
I believe it’s a choice. Everything in life is a choice. Do you choose to be happy? I do!
An interesting thing happened last night as I was looking back over my blog posts and answering comments. I found the following post that I had written back in November, right after the County didn’t renew my contract. Who knows why I never published it. I think it’s because I hadn’t added any photos yet. But as I read through it I realized it is as relevant today as it was back then. I hope it is a good reminder for all of us. I know it was for me!
Being Happy in the Middle of A Mess
Have you ever ended up in a mess? A financial one, a broke down vehicle, a family conflict, or some other kind? I sure have!
Right this moment I’m in the middle of a mess. Like many of you, my businesses have been hammered by the economy, and now, my part-time, fill in the gap, contract with Delta County was not renewed. So I am in the middle of a mess. But this is not the first time I’ve had to scramble.
For a few days I was excited to see what God was up to and was ready for the changes. Then, when the bills started to pile up, reality set in and I started to sink. All I could see were walls closing in and zero light at the end of the tunnel.
But again, this is not the first time I’ve been knocked down. Because I’ve been there before I know there are several key steps to climbing back up out of that dark pit of despair. Since I’m not the only person that is, or has been down on their luck recently, I thought I would share with you my secret to climb back up, getting back on this horse, and riding again. They are fairly simple. But are fundamental to long term happiness and success.
10 Simple Happy Steps
Step 1: Pray. Pray with earnest. But don’t pray “Gimme prayers”. Pray prayers of thankfulness. Prayers of praise. Thank God for caring enough about you to move you into the next great thing He has planned for you.
Step 2: Be thankful. Remember all your blessings and verbalize them in thanks. On my darkest day I walked outside and saw my view and remembered how incredibly blessed I am to have a home, in a spectacularly beautiful location, with horses in the pasture, a car, a truck, and a horse trailer in the driveway, and most importantly a great God and family that loves me.
Step 3: Realize this time is precious. You have been given the blessing of time to reorganize you mind and your life.
Step 4: Stop, slow down, and write down what your highest and best dreams are. Remember you must have a road map to get someplace, and you must start with an end in mind. So decide where you want to be and what you want to do.
Step 5: Then decide what comes first, second, and third. Write it down! Because when you’re stressed you won’t remember what you thought of, five minutes after you thought of it.
Step 6: Break down what comes first into several smaller, do-able tasks for today. Write down what you need to accomplish today. Keep it short to allow for interruptions. But make it count on your road-map to your future.
Step 7: Do the same thing for tomorrow, and the next day, and the first week. Then give yourself a roughed out road map for the next month. Again, be flexible, nothing should be set in stone.
Step 8: Breath. About here you may be panicking. Stop, pray again, and practice deep breathing. Speak this till you see it, “Father, thank you for caring for me and my family. Thank you for providing far more, and far better than I could have ever imagined.” And then BELIEVE IT! Get it deep down inside yourself.
Step 9: Get that faith down deep inside you. Trust God for answers. And if you don’t have God in your life toolbox, get down on your knees and ask Him to come into your life, guide you, and show Himself to you. Trust me, He will. And you will be blown away!
Step 10: Wash, rinse, repeat! Do these steps over and over until you climb your way back up that ladder and step out on safe, solid ground.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up!
I should have kept my own good advice handy! I was in the middle of the move when I hit Step #8! Yet, instinctively I continued to pray, continued to trust God, and am climbing my way back up to safer, more solid ground!
I wish you an incredibly blessed day, week, month, year, life!
Go with God my friends!
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