Seven Decisions: #5 - I Choose To Be Happy

I recently had the opportunity to listen to Andy Andrews, author of The Traveler's Gift speak live and he was talking about this particular book which is essentially a story of Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success. His talk was not only funny & entertaining but also brought into focus some things that I already did and was like a B12 shot in the arm...a little boost to the pep in my step.

You see, it has been a VERY difficult, challenging year (or two) here at True Blessings Estate. Some of the things that have happened could send a person into a tailspin of heartache, depression & despair...yep...it's been that bad.

However, I have never been one to wallow in sadness or walk around with misery (like a chip) on my shoulder. I don't announce to the world that I'm in a bad mood, pissed off, depressed - whatever the mood is - particularly if it is negative. People don't have to walk around on eggshells around me - cause they usually don't even know that there is anything wrong. My closest friends usually know that something is up, but I would (and will) never let my mood make others around me uncomfortable or miserable too. It serves no purpose.

I have always believed that I am IN CONTROL of my emotions - they don't control me. I have always chosen to be happy. As Andy said in his talk to the group...

I always
"Choose to be happy. I am the possessor of a grateful spirit."

He added...which I found profound and true as the day is long..."it is tough for the seeds of depression to take root in a grateful heart."

I choose to be happy. I am the possessor of a grateful spirit.

Even in the worst of times, I have plenty to be grateful for...it gives you perspective.

"Perspective brings calm....Calm brings clear thinking...Clear thinking allows ideas to form....Ideas create answers."

I am grateful...
  • For My family - they are my rock.
  • For My husband - his is my Knight in Shining Armour
  • that even though I don't want to work, I can and do have a job.
  • that I was able to find a job so that I could have health insurance to protect myself & my family.
  • that I have my health.
  • that I have some of the most awesome friends in the world.
  • that I know God loves me.

These are just a few things that I am grateful about, that give me perspective each and every day. Are you exercising the Seven Decision That Determine Personal Success or are you just making it through each day?

I don't hope you are...I EXPECT you to AND to do great things.

#5: Today I will choose to be happy. I am the possessor of a grateful spirit.