10 thoughts to uplift your life

Happiness is not something to be waited for, it is ever present. Here are some ways to find happiness in little things every day, in places we least expect

1. Who’s the idiot? We all are

I’m sure that many times in your life, you’ve said to yourself, “That man is an idiot.” Well, you know, like attracts like. It’s like a magnet. We attract to ourselves the very thing we are suppressing. And the thing we’re suppressing yearns to be brought into the light, where it can be part of our whole being, not just shoved into some dark corner.

So up pops a man in our life, who does idiotic things that remind us of the ‘idiot’ we have suppressed. So, our idiot is brought to the light. Because now we think, “Hey I’m not the only one.”

I’m not the only one who

  • Burns the toast
  • Locks my keys in the car
  • Forgets appointments
  • Takes the wrong turn
  • Forgets an anniversary

Suppressing is depressing. It’s saying you have something to hide. Do you really want to tie yourself in knots over some minor mistakes? No. Neither does your neighbour.

I wonder if there’s a way to rid ourselves of dark places to hide. Then, with no place to hide, everything would be forced to remain in the light. Where it belongs.

2. Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want

When I was eight years old, a thought came to me: what a wonderful thing to be able to live your life near water. The dream of living near the water stayed with me through the years. The focus had never left my mind. Not that I was consciously thinking about it. Somehow, it was just there. It was about 30 years later, when I was travelling around the country with a musical group, that we were booked in a club in Key West, Florida, an island off the mainland of Florida. I didn’t leave until 30 years later. Of course, I still maintain a home there. Even now, my new home is located on a lake in Western New York. I certainly got what I focussed on. Of course, we always get what we focus on. We’re just not aware of it.

Make sure you focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. It’s a step towards happiness.

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This was first published in the September 2013 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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