“If you want to be happy, be.” -Leo Tolstoy
I have this quote painted in my bedroom. I believe that happiness is a choice, and it’s one that I try to make daily.
This week has been pretty up and down for me. I’ve dealt with some stuff that left me bummed out. But before I allowed myself to wallow too deep into self pity, I had a moment of total clarity. Life is too short to choose anything other than happiness.
I have fresh flowers on my dining room table. I’m wearing a dress that I love. I took the time to do my hair and makeup this morning. I did an anonymous act of kindness last night. I got a compliment from a stranger earlier. I paid three more forward. I woke up early and enjoyed an hour on my front steps, reading my book, enjoying the cool morning air and this song. I ran into friendly faces all over campus today. My nails are painted. I’m burning my favorite candle.
I have every reason to be happy. When I am so myopic that I can only see the few negative things affecting me, I miss out on recognizing the 100 other wonderful things that happen to me on a daily basis. So today, and moving forward, I’m choosing happiness. I hope you’ll choose it with me.
PS- This song feels like my day. To be clear, I’m not a large black man singing about the United Streets of America. I am, however, having a good day!