Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Today was typical. I went to work, grumbled about the back-to-back meetings I had to attend, returned some phone calls, and tried to catch up on the pile of stuff on my desk. After work I had another meeting but this one I was not getting paid to attend. This one was based on my civic duty and sincere desire to serve the community in which I live. Whatever. Civic duty, Schmivic duty. I’m tired, I didn’t get to go for a run today and I didn’t feel like cooking dinner.
When I got home and before I could groan about my own day, my daughter started to complain about her stuff. How she had scheduling conflicts and was upset because she couldn’t decide if she wanted to go to a social event with her soccer team or her friends from dance. How her hair wouldn’t cooperate and how she needed to stop on-line shopping. First world problems.
My first inclination was to tell the little millennial that she didn’t have any real issues. Social conflicts aren’t problems and neither is having the ability to on-line shop, and bad hair days- well those are a way of life. At any rate, before I rammed her with my philosophy about being grateful for the little things, I had to check myself.
Yes, I was tired from work and no, I didn’t feel like cooking. Work, meetings, more work, being nice to people when I didn’t feel like it and then I had to come home and feed the hungry? No bueno. But I do it and when I really think about it, I am happy to do it. Wait, that’s not true…I’m not happy to do it, but I do it willingly for my family because above everything else, I love them I’m very thankful for them.
The moral of the story? Happiness is a choice. I gave you examples of only one day in my life realizing there are a gamut of issues real world issues that include things like finances, health, relationships and family. I get it, but I also get that we have to take each day as it comes. Some days will be good days, some will be not so good and some will be tore-up awful. But even on the most awful days we have a choice to choose happiness. Let’s not wallow guys. Let’s make each day an opportunity to be thankful for something.
That being said, go ahead and be thankful for every little thing that happened today, both good and bad. And if you can’t think of anything to be grateful for, just be grateful things aren’t worse.