September 1, 2011 – More thoughts (and quotes) about happiness…..
It seems like every book I’m reading these days has something to say about happiness. This happens to me quite often when what I’m exploring, pondering and wanting to write, seems to find it’s way to me in many different ways. I just have to stay open and be willing to stop, look, and listen.
I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness. Each day I’ve been looking at my life and what is happening and asking….am I happy today? As you can imagine I’ve gone through and continue to go through a gamut of feelings, first walking with Bob as he went through heart surgery and now while he goes through recovery. Feeling, acknowledging and writing about my feelings helps me get to my core and be happy.
The following is an author’s quote with my edits, to make his thoughts Universal. What he writes is so good I don’t want to put it in my own words.
Remember I believe there is one God…..known by many names. A Universal Higher Power available to all. So here goes:
Author’s quotes are in italic, my comments are in parentheses.
“Once we are aware of our yearning for happiness and the world’s inability to satisfy it, the adventure of growth and change begins. Our yearning for happiness, is one way God invites us to join this adventure. God has a dream for you and me. God has a plan for your life and mine.”
(My thoughts again: When I think about God’s plan and look back over my life I can see how that plan unfolded for me. Have you ever looked back from your birth to this day and tracked how one thing led to another and to another and to….???)
“God wants to deliver us from everything that stands in the way of us of becoming the best-version-of-ourselves.”
(My thoughts added here: Sometimes what God is delivering us from, causes us great pain. Not that God makes good and bad things happen. God does not!!! But God uses all of life to teach us and to deliver us from whatever is standing in the way of our becoming the best-version-of-ourselves.)
What does the author mean by the best-version-of-ourselves?
With this term…..”He is not suggesting a narcissistic, self-seeking approach to life. Rather he is inviting us to a dynamic collaboration with God. (We are to be co-creators of our life.) It is in and through this collaboration that we become the best-version-of-ourselves, in which the loving nature of God is most present. It is in this consciously walking with God that brings us to the place of true happiness.”
He goes on to say, “Our hearts are filled with dreams and desires. The good dreams and desires that fill our hearts are placed there by God and stirred by the Holy Spirit.” (The Universal Spirit that resides in each one of us waiting for us to turn to and follow.)
(Some of you are probably already following your inner guidance, some of you are already becoming, the best-version-of-yourself. I say becoming because it is a life long process so, I send this as a reminder to you and I write it as a reminder to me. We all need reminders….we remember, we forget, we remember….That’s life!!!
Keep it simple…..
Let go of expectations….
Willingness is a key….
Bloom where you are planted….
Many, many blessings to all of you.