Are you happy? Do you know the definition of happiness? No, don't get up and get your dictionary; keep Webster on the shelf because what I'm truly asking you is different for every single person on the planet. My happiness is not your happiness. But, knowing your own definition of it can make a difference in your life.
What I love about discovering one's own happiness is there isn't a right or wrong answer and there certainly shouldn't be judgement from others. If there is, send them this post, and this one, too, while you're at it. Happiness is also evolving and changes from time to time. As I type I am hearing the wind pick up wildly outside, bending the trees so much it's whipping the side of the house. I'm watching the sunshine that greeted my day this morning fade away, only to be replaced with threatening storm clouds that have every intention of making their power known. And, there goes the rain and hail (yes, this is really happening right now so I'll finish up before heading to the basement). But, today this weather comforts me and sends me to my happy place because I'm watching the whole thing unfold from the comfort of my cozy home (and I have no place to be). If I had plans to go to an amusement park this morning, well, I'd be pretty bummed and I know happiness would not be on my morning's menu. But that's emotional happiness that can change as quickly as a newborn's diaper. The happiness I'm talking about is stable and grounded.
We know happiness is personal and different for each individual. We know happiness is a matter of perspective. We also know happiness is fluid and ever-changing. But, in my life's journey, I've concluded happiness is not an emotion, but rather a place where my content heart resides peacefully. It's a good gauge to have when you set out to pursue your dreams. If there is disruption of my heart's residence, I try to take it slowly, proceed with caution, and be sure I have a back-out plan when I finally listen to my heart and discover the path I'm on is not in The Plan. There will be stormy weather, but the sunshine always finds a way back.
It's OK to be scared and nervous about new opportunities or ventures. But you have to step out, you have to try. Your heart is there to direct your path and, if you know your own happy place, you'll know when your headed in the right direction, and when you're not. So, do as our Forefathers stated and pursue your own happiness because it's not something you can buy, and it certainly won't be handed to you. "Pursuit" is a verb, friend. Time to put some action into it! You'll be happy you did.
"When you find your happiness, you find yourself." - Lilly of LOVD
Friends, have you found your happy place?