We come from all walks of life but with one common goal in mind. All of us seeking that special something to enrich our lives even further. Be it in status, fame, fortune, love and the list continues. However there is one thing that people around the world are seeking..... Happiness
'Happiness' is in great demand and we beings seek it with such passion.
Seeking happiness or to be happy is the most important jewel that we beings have placed on our list of WANTS including myself.
I have made the mistake of giving this precious jewel away to others over and over. Instead of keeping it, I have very graciously surrendered it to them. I have allowed others to control it for me and I have very sheepishly blamed them for my loosing it or for not holding their part of the bargain. I have moved from experience to another seeking that 'happiness'. I have gone to the extent of blaming mother earth for my unhappiness, dumb as it may sound it is true. Passing the buck/blame seemed to be my mission in life! I never held responsibility for my own happiness.
The practice of yoga came into my life and it became my partner for life. This is one thing that has never left me and will never leave my side. Practicing on my mat has forced me re evaluate my place on this earth and has opened my eyes to the beauty it offers me on discovering my self. It forced me to go to those dark places within me and see the real me. I hated what I saw.
Slowly but surely I found out that happiness had never left me. It was right there with me through all the ups and downs. It actually was the steady light and dependable friend. The environment would change but happiness remained by my side. Lovers, friends, jobs would come and go but happiness never deserted me. It silently stood by me watching and observing. It never judged, pointed or blamed me. It accepted me for who I was. It remained like a candle flame within me steady yet bright enough for me to catch a glimpse of it.
To reconnect with happiness is my responsibility. I cannot place this responsibility on anyone else but myself. It is up to me to acknowledge and honor this friend of mine. I had to relearn how to light that flame again. No matter where I am or what state I am in, being happy is my desicion. I can choose to be or not to be happy. I am beginning to understand the true value and meaning of happiness and the power it has.
Happiness lives in the most simplest of actions. Do not take my word for it, just look around you and begin to discover it for yourself. Your journey of discovering your friend is worth it.
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.