(Illustration by Linzie Hunter)
I love this concept that we all have a Happy Life inside us! I know I certainly have one. I also know I personally have built any walls that temporarily keep me from it. Beliefs and attitudes and even brain connections and pre-programmed reactions that don’t serve me try hard to keep me away. But that Happy Life is shining behind through the gaps in the bricks, like the sun keeps shining behind the clouds. What a lovely surprise when you go up in an airplane, yet so obvious.
If I could stop whatever I am doing more often and ask what is between me and my Happy Life at this exact point in time, I might remove a brick or two. In fact Anthony Robbins says ‘Nothing has to change for you to be happy’. I know he means externally so if I can run with that, I can instantly remove the thoughts putting off my Happy Life and let some rays through.
I see many people whose lives are so filled with achieving every minute, dutiful to their families and the things they think they should do. They drive kids here and there, work extra hours to pay for gifts for others that they feel they should give to be seen as generous, sacrifice everything. I know that gives them great happiness. All that duty isn’t for me though. It’s only when I am still and fully present that the sun bursts forth and blinds me.
My happy life personally involves me-time and giving to myself what only I know that I need. I just need the stillness and space to make sense of it all. And while I am here I might as well get out the best china, wear the more delicate dresses, eat the expensive berries and actually sit by the pool instead of cleaning it!
Anyway I digress. Imagine sitting in the sun and it goes behind a cloud. You are suddenly very cold. You look up to see how long it will take to pass and gauge whether you should go indoors. You look to see how fast the clouds are moving and how light and sparse, or dark or solid they are. And when they do pass, the effect is immediate and huge. That sun warms like nothing else, except perhaps bliss. Perhaps we should look at our ‘problems’ as clouds, knowing that our Happy, sunny life is right above.
It’s cloudy right now, but I am picturing the sun doing its thing right above them instead. It’s a great feeling. My Happy Life is already here if only I remember.