“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” ~ Unknown
What makes you happy? Not what you think makes your happy, but what you know makes your happy.
I stumble to find my answer every day.
If there’s a poster child for overthinking, it would be me.
I overthink what people say to me, and what they don’t say. Ordinary decisions, like picking out which shirt to wear, require careful deliberation. Also, imagining my life five or ten years into the future isn’t an innocent case of thoughtful planning; it’s about trying to predict each nuance and every detail needed to be happy while forgetting there’s a now to be happy in, too.
So, what about now?
Don’t I deserve to be happy today?
Don’t you deserve to be happy today?
The answer is, yes.
To both questions.
That’s where the stumbling part comes in.
Every now and then I’m able to silence my hyper-analytical mind and listen to a part of me that is less manic and seldom wrong – my inner voice. It never lies. My inner voice is able to rise above the nonsensical noise that fills my head. This voice knows what makes me happy.
It captures my attention by reminding me of this simple truth: Happiness isn’t a choice that’s waiting down the road; it’s a choice that is waiting now. And if I take one more step, I’ll stumble right over it:
- I’ll stumble over the present moment and the joy it holds.
- I’ll stumble over knowing my children are warm, safe and well.
- I’ll stumble over Mary Beth’s love.
- I’ll stumble over the pride of being the person I am today.
- I’ll stumble over my rock-solid faith.
- I’ll stumble over the power of kindness.
- I’ll stumble over the start of a new baseball season.
- I’ll stumble over a courageous decision.
- I’ll stumble over early-morning workouts.
- I’ll stumble over making a difference.
Sometimes the simple path to stumbling on happiness begins with being aware that we can get so caught up with looking for happiness that we don’t even realize we are tripping all over it.
Sure, I would like to be a multi-millionaire, full-time writer who lives on the beach, but that’s not the plan for me right now. I’m a middle-income, full-time executive, part-time writer who lives in the Midwest.
And you know what?
Even on the days when I overthink; and always on the days when I stumble.
What is A Simple Path?
This post is in A Simple Path, a twice-weekly series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.