“Ever since happiness heard your name it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” … Hafiz of Persia
I love that quote! It reminds me of the numerous times during which I was determinedly running in the opposite direction. Oh I know that we all think that we are in ardent pursuit of happiness … but really … how many of us actually are? If you stop and think about it for a couple of minutes I think that you’ll realize; as I did, that if I truly wanted to be happy I would stop a) hugging misery and old memories like they were my best friends, b) cease and desist all hostilities – with myself AND those around me and c) I’d be on the perpetual look-out for opportunities to embrace happiness!
Now I tend to be a very positive and consequently a pretty darn happy person. Inner Perky Polly, Sunshine Sue and I are constantly giving people cavities with our chipper outlook and our stream of upbeat chatter. What most people don’t realize is that this way of being is the outcome of a lot of years of: i) defining what was really important to me, ii) living through some God-awful–hard lessons, iii) learning how to Understand life and “What Is” by submerging myself, intensely, in the act of “people watching” and iv) experiencing all of the above whilst simultaneously walking hand-in-hand and interacting with Life. Whew … what a trip!
The School of Life hasn’t always been easy. I found that the teachers were often harsh, the lessons overwhelming and that recess was, more often than not, rainy! However, all of that was made bearable by the friends who walked and learned with me, the beautiful and sunshiny days and events and the ever-present support and friendship of Life. Somewhere along the way I learned how to listen for the sound of happiness calling my name. And somewhere between there and here … I let it find me.
I have taken to heart the lesson that I can choose to stay where I am, think what I think and make sure that my life stays exactly the same … or … I can make new choices, think outside the box, be daring, go where I have never gone before and allow my life to become more than I had imagined it could be. I’ve learned to tune my ears to hear Happiness’ voice when it calls to me, keep my eyes open for its arrival and to welcome it with open arms when it smiles and waves at me from the sidewalk outside of my house. Oh … excuse me … Perky Polly says we have to go … Happiness wants us to come out and play … and who could say no to that? Catch you later … alligator … (tee-hee).
Arinaste (from my heart to your heart)