Happiness is a choice found within. If one cannot be happy with self then happiness cannot be. No one can force you to be happy. Can someone or something make you happy? Only if you allow it. This does not mean that circumstances can’t beat you down. Negativity can work its way in and consume you. However, choosing to focus on the positive is a step to choosing happiness.
As the great Albus Dumbledore said, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
We love to spend as much time as possible outdoors. It’s a disconnect from the chaos and a chance to see what we see. What I love about hiking and paddling is you are out for the experience, however it may come. Being quiet and going along your way, you never know what you will encounter, or if you will encounter anything more than solitude. It could be a baby deer curled in the grass, a dolphin wondering why you are in his water, or rattle snake hoping you don’t notice he’s there. It is amazing what you will see if you simply keep your eyes open and watch. We spend too much time searching for entertainment, being busy, or distracted. Seeing and experiencing the world around us is a valuable way to disconnect from work and stress.
It’s amazing what you see when you’re not looking for anything. If we stop looking for happiness in all of our distractions, maybe we could find happiness within our self- then our home and the world we live in.
Live life. Give joy. Be at peace.
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