I was sitting in my car at a stoplight intersection listening to the radio. I was, I guess, lost in the moment, thinking how happy I was to be inside my warm car. It was cold and windy outside, and I thought, "Life is good."
Now, this was a long light. As I waited, I noticed two people huddled together at the bus stop. To my eyes, they looked uncomfortable; they looked cold and they looked soggy.
The couple seemed to be doing their best to keep warm. They were huddled together, and I thought to myself, "Oh, those poor people in that punishing wind."
But then I saw their faces. Yes, they were laughing. They looked to be sharing a good joke, and suddenly, instead of pitying them, I envied them. I thought, "Huh, what's so funny?"
They didn't notice the wind. They weren't worried about their clothes. They weren't looking at my car thinking, "I wish I had that."
You know when a single moment feels like an hour? Well, in that moment, I realized I had assumed this couple needed my pity, but they didn't.
I assumed things were all bad for them, but they weren't. And I understood we all have the power to make moments of happiness happen.
I believe this is something all of us can do: Try to be happy within the context of the life we are actually living. Happiness is not a situation to be longed for or a convergence of lucky happenstance. Through the power of our own minds, we can help ourselves.
invsbleman wrote on May 8, '08
very nice thoughts expressed here. it's easy to feel overwhelmed when things aren't going well. i've been in some pretty bad situations, but in any of them, there is always some ray of light to cling to. thanks for the blog.
i got here via your post on picture perfect, by the way. the photo of the gossamer umbrella was gorgeous.
viera7 wrote on May 5, '08
Thanks for your visit Greg ...Your visits here make me very happy...You are most welcome. ..Have a beautiful day...
gregzook wrote on May 5, '08
Thanks for the post. I was touched by it. I must remember to come visit again!
Hey dear belita... thanks for your so sweet comments...I really thank you and I'm looking forward to your visit...A big smile back to you...
Hey sweet April, thanks for visiting here and for your influencing comment...I hope also this weekend will bring us great happiness... See you again soon...
viera7 wrote on May 4, '08, edited on May 4, '08
Thank you very much for visiting here and sharing you comment dear Graham...Beautiful words spoken...and you always leave such a beautiful pictures on my page... My best wishes to you and your family ...
Thank you very much for again visiting and sharing your thoughts dear Piccola...There is not doubt that you can be happy...Have a terrific week...I'm looking forward to your next touching poem...
I always admire your visit here kammy...Thank you very much...Have a beautiful day...
By your visiting here Margo, you shall with me your friendship and some of the beautiful feelings of life... Thank you very much...Have a wonderful week...
A big hugs back to you Mr Three...Thank you for all that you make for us...
Hello mystical lady again by my page...your visits here make me very happy... Thank you so much. ..Wishing you a day filled with joy and happiness...
mysticalenchantres wrote on May 4, '08
Hello Viera, I came via Mr. Three's recommendation.
Your post is very delightful, filled with a magnificance of warmth that touches the soul gently and kindly. There is happiness inside each of us. That we can either bring to light or ignore. Yet when we give the day a chance, for me it surprises me and leaves me with that warm feeling of being so blessed in my life.
Thank you so much for sharing this with each of us, and helping us to remember, that happiness and love can be found in all things.
mrthree wrote on May 3, '08
Excellent blog. Yes, that is the answer to happiness. Thank you. Loved ths slides too. Three
margo622 wrote on May 1, '08
Thaks for sharing such wonderful experience, Viera... In most cases, happiness could be situational - Joy is more deeply rooted, as it does not depend on any circumstance....
kammy627 wrote on May 1, '08
this brought tears 2 my eyes....and it made me think about a few things thats going on and not going on in my life....
ppiccola wrote on May 1, '08
totally agree with you Viera...we can be happy if we want to, it is a state of mind that everyone can achieve.
firefysh wrote on May 1, '08
Hi, Viera. Having been a nurse for 35 years I do know what you mean. Sometimes reactions to good or bad news are very different to what is expected, depending on what is happening inside.
Thanks for the post.
laclaire wrote on Apr 30, '08
Powerful message.....a peaceful, content life....there's nothing greater in this world.
belita747 wrote on Apr 30, '08
Hi, Viera, I have no doubt that happiness in within ourselves. If we have the ability to make the most of the little things that life brings us, if we do not worry about trifle things as often we do, we can say that we are happy within our possibilities and circumstances. Smile at life and life will smile at you....