Friday, February 10, 2012

Road to happiness

By Cassie - Her blog is Live.Laugh.L0ve. You can learn more about her here. You can read all posts from Cassie here.

Being happy does not require alot of work. Even when the road to happiness is not smooth. Your road will be different then the person sitting next to you. But you are still trying to get to the same place.

Picture a young woman, you see her daily -- maybe you have said hello to her, maybe you have offered her a smile or maybe you have never really done anything to her, but you have seen her smile and when she smiles you can see the happiness in her eyes. But I bet you wouldn't know that her road to happiness wasn't easy. You would never know she grew up poor -- in a bad side of town, in a violent household. You would never know that her parents went through one of the hardest divorces she had ever seen and wound up in another violent home. You wouldn't know that her heart has been broken or that she was betrayed by friends more times than you could imagine. You wouldn't know she struggles daily with anxiety. Because she chooses to be happy.

Picture the man you see rummaging through garbage, you pass him on the street and he smiles at you. It shocks you, how can this man who is digging in trash & has on dirty clothes, possibly be able to smile. You wouldn't know that he was a vet. He had a wife and three beautiful children. You wouldn't know that his time overseas tore his family apart, that his wife filed for divorce, took everything -- including the kids. You wouldn't know that the smile he just gave you took him 10 years to be able to do, because he finally accepted his life. Because he finally chose to be happy.

Your road to happiness will be far from perfect, but it can happen. You only have to choose to be happy, you must look at the world differently. Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be unhappy or choose to be happy -- it's as simple as that. Look at all the little blessings in your life and then choose happiness. 

"when life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show the world you have a thousand reasons to smile." -- Author unknown

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