Decide today to be happy. “But Glen it is not that simple. You don’t know what I am going through.” You’re right. I don’t know what challenges you are facing. I’m not you, but I do know the power of the mind and the power of believing in yourself. Many of us decide to carry around hatred, outrage, and sadness. I choose not to carry that baggage with me. Does that mean my life is perfect? Nope, it is not perfect at all. There are so many things in my life I wish were better. Somedays I hate my job, and I’m the boss. Somedays I wish was someone else with more money and more height. But I can’t dwell on the what-ifs of life. I ask myself the following questions when it comes to the challenges life throws at me:
- Is it my fault?
- Do I have the power to change what is happening?
- Do I want to change what is happening?
- Is it worth my time, energy, or tears?
None of us have the perfect life, but we can live our IDEAL life. What we call suffering or inadequacy could give us the tools we need to answer the call of our lives or help others answer theirs. We have to decide how we will live the life that we are given.
Some of you are victims of abuse, some of you may have medical conditions that cause you a great deal of pain. I empathize with you. Please know that you are not alone in your struggles. Maybe you can’t “fix” your situation, but there are places that can offer you help and some comfort. There are professionals who can give you tools to cope with life. The IDEAL life is not about a perfect life. It is about living your life and loving the life you live.
This holiday season I am sharing 12 short holiday posts to help you and yours get through this season with a little bit of joy and happiness intact. Many find the holiday season warm and inviting, but others get caught up in the hype of the season and even fall into the envy trap of comparing our lives to the lives of others. I would encourage you to create your own traditions and norms this time of the year. Don’t worry if the activities of your family or friends don’t match those of others. Be happy and define what works for you and yours.
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