Tomorrow is my daughters due date. She is expecting her first child, a boy, and my FIRST grandson! I am so excited! Waiting for her to go into labor has been almost as painful as when I was doing it myself! Those last few weeks are torture. Every day is like a week, if not longer! Waiting, waiting, waiting. It is complete torture!
What do you find yourself waiting for? I have been listening to the book Happiness Advantage. Listen to his ted talk, its great.(Shawn Achor) It is amazing how as I sit and listen to him share his finding from his research, I can sit back and think that is crazy, but in the same sentence think, it is so true.
Society is always waiting to find that happiness. I will be happy after I pass the class. I will be happy after I get that promotion. I will be happy once I make "this" much money. And so on and so on. We as a society are always waiting to be happy. Just writing these words makes me cringe. It is just crazy! WHY ARE WE WAITING! Happiness is a state of mind. It is a state of being grateful for the moment we are in right now. Happiness is a choice. I don't know about you, but I don't want to wait to be happy. I want to enjoy as much happiness as I can! The author of the Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, shared a statistic and I can't remember the exact timing but the average age of depression was 29. It is now 14.5. WHY ARE OUR CHILDREN FALLING INTO DEPRESSION????? People we need to wake up! We need to learn to love more and to be happy in the moments we are in, in the PRESENT! Not some futuristic happiness that we are waiting for.
I am going to be a grandma! I am going to have the cutest grandson! I want him to be happy and enjoy this journey we are all on called life! The thought of him being bombarded by the worlds definition of when you will find happiness makes me sad. We need to change the paradigm! We need to join this revolution of finding happiness now, if not for ourselves (which I think is a good enough reason) then for the future generations! We do not want our children basing their happiness off of their achievements. And always having that achievement in the future never in the present!
A lot of finding happiness in the NOW stems from gratitude. We need to be grateful for what we have, now. Not what were hoping to have. I really do believe this. I am not saying I do this perfectly, far from it! It is not the normal thinking of society. Society teaches us to focus on the negative, in hopes that we can fight the negative. Drug free week, lets talk about why we shouldn't use drugs. Anti-bullying week, lets discuss why we shouldn't bully. If society would just switch a few word choices and celebrate, Be a friend to all week, or How to live a healthier life week, maybe our younger generations would be able to feel more happiness in what they are learning instead of fearing what could be.
My son showed me this video, I think it is amazing. I would really suggust you follow this you-tube channel, Soul Pancake. It is really inspiring.
"I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be."