3 Steps

(You are an original!)

There are quite a few monks and gurus and priests and rabbis and spiritual teachers that tell you that happiness is easy to come by. That is because they are usually single and have someone else to cook and clean and raise money and pay the bills and take out the garbage and walk the dog while they sit around generating happiness. Nice.

You and I, on the other hand, have to do most of the chores. It’s not all incense and peppermint. So what do we do in the real world? The answer is easier than you think. First, write down (really, write it down!) three things that you are most grateful for and read that at least three times a day for three days. If you don’t commit this to memory, anybody or anything negative can blind you to this list. It is guaranteed that sooner or later an attempt will be made on your happiness. Once you forget this list…hello darkness. Make it a priority.

Second, Want more. Want more for yourself, want more for your loved ones, want more for your planet, want more to love. Without wanting, we stagnate. Wanting is the oomph that gets us to take the next step. Wanting fires up our imagination. Wanting fires up our life. Be grateful for what you have and want more!

Third, Think more highly of yourself. We are all so afraid of being obnoxious or prideful because we are going to be punished in some way or fashion. Poppycock! You are an original and dare I say, a masterpiece? Okay some of us are weird pop art and some of us are traditional but we are all incomplete canvasses. Each day we complete a little more of the picture. You don’t like it so far? Not to worry, you’ve still got a bunch of canvass and paint left. Start making it better. Think better. Dress better. Eat better. Love better. Speak better. Pray better. And you will be better.

It’s tough to be happy in today’s world but it will never be impossible for you as long as you stay grateful, desirous and wonderful.
P.S. -You can start right now.

(c)2012 All Rights Reserved, Patrick McBride


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