Find That Child!

There is one thing nobody owes you. Not even God (or whatever you choose to call it) owes this to you. Most of us only experience it momentarily, especially when we get something we yearn for. Yes you guessed right, it is Happiness.

Yes, God does not owe anybody to make them happy. He created us with it. Assuming you do a “factory reset” on yourself, your Happiness will still be there. Just like the firmware on your hard drive does not wipe off every time you format it.

Authentic happiness is on the inside, what happens in the external cannot affect it unless of course you allow it. Which we all obviously indulge in. It is part of our being, it is always there, we only just need to tap into it.

Now that’s Happiness!

When I saw this picture, I couldn’t get the smile off my face for several minutes; even as I uploaded it, I still have a smile on my face while typing. These kids obviously are from poor homes. They don’t even have shoes on. But then you can’t seem to keep this good thing down.

They don’t care their cloth is torn, they’re not worried about what they don’t have, they are not anxious about what the future has for them, etc. That alone is why they’re so happy.

As adults, we have a lot of things to worry about; including these happy kids. Bills, security, health, and the list goes on. But then, we see these rich and famous people all over the place who still manage to find themselves among the unhappy lot. This invariably means wealth does not guarantee happiness.

I am a big believer that if you find happiness, then success will follow. Happiness encourages good life decisions, bolsters wonderful relationships, and opens up doors to great opportunities. ~ Sir Richard Branson

These are action steps you can take to tap into your limitless source of Happiness:

  • Appreciate yourself: A lot of us are addicted to self-criticism. We have this innate belief that we are not good enough. We need to desist from this and start to acknowledge ourselves in whatever little way we can.
  • Show gratitude for what you have. Also the things you are expecting. This is a form of expressing faith, which sends out a positive energy which will in turn attract to you the things you want.
  • Appreciate nature: Where I come from, if you take a girl to the beach to watch the sunset in an attempt to woo her, well, my friend, you have successfully wasted your time! And she certainly won’t be wooed because you wasted her time too. Appreciating nature is invariably appreciating its creator. This act connects you to your true self, which is where your Happiness resides.
  • Share/Give/Help:
Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it. ~ Benard Meltzer
If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a life time, help someone else. ~ Chinese Proverb

Did I hear you say “how can someone remain happy with all the negativity in the world?” Well, I get your point, and it’s quite understandable. That’s where the title of this write up came from, Find that child. My neighbor’s son cries quite loudly, but then he cheers as loudly too. Often times I hear him wail like the heaven is going to fall, five seconds later he’s running around and playing like nothing happened.

It’s sad there are lots of pain and suffering in our world today. If there’s anything at all you can do to put an end to it; or reduce it even a little bit, by all means do! But if not, do what you can. Sympathize, offer prayers, donate towards that effect. Focusing on these negatives and staying sad is not helping those suffering, and is certainly not helping you. So why do it? Just like the child who was terribly displeased and loudly expressing it, five seconds later switched his focus on something so pleasing he became elated.

Finding that child does not mean you will never get angry or sad, but you won’t dwell on it. You will gain the ability to switch focus onto something pleasant that will bring you lasting joy.

Happiness is, and will always be on the inside. If you want to feel it, express it, and share it….Find That Child!

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