Friday, August 5, 2016

choose the happy

Linking up with other amazing writers at Kate Motaung's blog today for Five Minute Friday. Five minutes of writing for the fun of it without fancy edits. Today's prompt is happy

Sometimes it takes work to find the happy. Life isn't always as you want it to be, nor how you planned it to be.

Is it possible to be happy even though?

Sometimes it takes work to find the happy.

But, sometimes it's in the work, or in the looking for happy that happiness is found.

I find that the older I get, the more intentional I need to be about finding my own brand of happiness.  I mean, the only things I get to choose in line with finding happy are 

my thoughts and my behaviors.

I cannot control those around me and "make" them "make me" more happy.

Can I?

I cannot control them. I can only control me.  I can only control ME and my happiness and my way of being in the world.

What will I choose to fill my mind and my days with?

What will I ruminate on? I can choose. It is my privilege to choose my thoughts.

I can either choose to ruminate on a disagreement I had with someone, and what I could've done differently. 

Or, I can choose thoughts that lift me higher. Choose the happy.

Painting makes me happy.
Smiles and good times with my family make me happy.
Writing makes me happy.
Having a cup of tea makes me happy.
Watching birds outside my window makes me happy.
Thrift shopping with my daughter makes me happy.

I get to choose what to focus on.  Sure, life is not always happy. What happens to me on a daily basis doesn't always make me happy.

So, I have to CHOOSE my happy.

How about you?

Blessings to you, friend,



  1. Anne, great post...and all you have to fill is a moment. Like a mustard seed, it's enough. Don't worry about the moments to come; just the one at hand is sufficient.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    1. Andrew, I love this thought. Filling just this moment. THANK YOU so much for stopping by.

  2. Hi Anne - your post reminds me of what Paul wrote to the Philippians about focusing on what is lovely, pure, true, commendable, worthy of praise, etc. And about leaving things behind to press on to what's ahead. Thanks, Mandy from FMF :)

    1. Thank you, Mandy. Yes!! I've been meditating on this verse lately out of sheer necessity! Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)


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