“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” … Groucho Marx
I am shaken to my very core by the events that are unfolding in Japan. I see the pictures of entire cities swept away and out to sea, of farms destroyed beyond repair and of a nation of people grieving the loss of what is on its way to becoming tens of thousands of people. If a picture says a thousand words then I have been inundated and overwhelmed by the volume and ferocity of those “words”.
I look at my own life and allow it to come into focus. I see the pain and fears and challenges through which I have traveled and I look at recent events through the lens of perspective. I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that whilst I may not be able to change for the better the lives of even one of the people touched by the tsunami tragedy I can change mine. Every moment of every day presents me with opportunities to choose how I will feel about the events which are unfolding around me. Every moment I have options! And every moment I have the power to be happy or unhappy … it really is my choice …
“Each morning when I open my eyes … I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it will be.” The lens of perspective reminds me that I have cast my vote for the “happy option” and that whilst my personal circumstances may be challenging some days; if I but lift my eyes to the world I will see those whose challenges and suffering far surpass anything that I could imagine. And if I lift them just a little further possibilities will unfold before me that go beyond my expectations.
Today I remind myself that I live in a nice home, in a good area of my geologically stable country; that war does NOT tear my country apart and that nature… predominantly … treats those of us who live here pretty darn well. Yes, it is definitely nippy in the winter; however, at least I’m not drowning in the white stuff nor are gale force winds regularly doing their best to blow both me and my house off to the Land of Oz. I can live with a little snow and cold! I agree with Groucho Marx: “Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” It is time to fully embrace my Happiness Choice. It is time for me to actually live it in the world.
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying!