“I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not on our circumstances.” … Martha Washington
Over the last few years I have wandered down some strange and disconcerting paths. As I spent time on “Hospital Avenue” I noticed what a microcosm of society the halls of a hospital are. Contained … all in one building … one can find “Misery Lane”; Hope-Filled Blvd., Resignation Road and even the “I’m-Not-Paying-Attention Highway”. Needless to say I didn’t find very many signs proclaiming: “This way to Happiness.”
At first Perky Polly and Sunshine Sue were really disconcerted. Apart from me there didn’t seem to be anyone who recognized them and definitely not a lot of people who thought that their approach to life should be shared in these “serious” times. “Ah-h-h well girls” I said, “Don’t let other people’s attitude get you down. They’re just walking down the road with different glasses than us … and there’s nothing that we can do if they missed the line-up for the “Happiness” ones … other than be our natural, optimistic and cheerful selves!”
I understand … better than ever before … that everything in life may not always be wonderful. I get-it that not every circumstance is going to be cause for celebration … and having said all of that I also understand that if I am not responsible for my own outlook throughout said challenging times … that no-one else is going to … can … or should do that for me! Only I have the ability to re-landscape my inner world and only I have the ability to carry said newly re-created and beautified inner “Me” out into the world.
As Martha Washington said … over 300 years ago … “the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not on our circumstances.” Together, capital “L” Life and I have walked the walk and now … we’re talking the talk. Miss Perky and Ms Sunshine have a greater depth of compassion and ability to listen … whilst still retaining their sunny dispositions … than ever before. The tough times have tempered us and the challenging circumstances have deepened our conviction that … no matter what is happening around us … happiness begins and continues … inside first.
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone