Choosing To Be Happy – No. 56

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Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding.
~ Solomon ~

As we walk through life, it is easy to become distracted by the many problems we face. There are problems that come up everyday. They are easy to solve and may just take a few minutes to find the right answer. Then there are problems that are more difficult. It may be that there are several possibilities that require us to choose.

Complex problems are usually the ones that require us to stop and think about which is the best solution. We may seek the advice of others during the decision making process. These complex problems can go on for days, weeks, months, or maybe even years. Complex problems many end up consuming our lives to the point where nothing else seems to matter. We may even experience a paradigm shift in our view of life. This is when we discover wisdom and gain understanding of the thing that is truly important: our relationship with people.

I started my “Choosing To Be Happy” series as a way to discover those moments of happiness during the most difficult circumstances in my life. This is my third attempt at No. 56. I discovered that the root of bitterness, which is fed by the spring of hurt, was clouding my view of what is true happiness.

The heart knows its own bitterness,
And a stranger does not share its joy.
~ King David ~

Today I am choosing to be happy for having rediscovered that I can be mindful and remove myself from the storm of a complex problem. Happiness is there waiting to be enjoyed.

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 ~

6 thoughts on “Choosing To Be Happy – No. 56

  1. Joy

    Some of us who do not know you have traveled this road with you, holding you up in prayer and reading your words with interest to see where your journey is taking you. Choosing happiness is a difficult concept to master in practice – and you have done well to keep at it. Unlike Amy, I don’t think you are “on your way” to happiness – I think you choose it daily and are blessed because of it.


    1. You are correct, Joy. It is a daily choice to choose to be happy with some days being difficult and other days seeming almost normal. I really appreciate the prayers. I know for certain that Jesus is walking along side and guiding my footsteps. It is a long road but the end of this part of the journey is nearing its end. Healing has begun but some scars will always remain. I’m looking forward to where God will lead me next. I always appreciate you comments.


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