This is WHY I blog about Bliss!
A few weeks ago I was talking to my friend Lisa of LifeUnity about my preparations over here on Bliss Habits. I told her that sometimes I wondered, given the state of the world, if BLISS were really a topic worth pursuing. I love this blog BUT was I really just wasting my and everyone’s time here?
I heard myself saying, “There are people who need feeding, causes that need defending and stands to be taken! What the heck does BLISS have to do with this?”
And then, in the exact moment of asking, really asking, if this is what I should be doing the answer came.
Yes! Absolutely yes! Bliss has EVERYTHING to do with it.
“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” ~ Dale Carnegie
People NEED to think about JOY.
Sometimes we simply forget. Laundry, bills, and deadlines loom. Cars don’t start, homework is lost, illness strikes. Daily living takes us further and further away from simple pleasures. It is easy to notice the wet sock when we step in the puddle but how often do you relish the pulling on of a dry one?
The mundane is powerful and we forget.
Going to and fro in our lives can absorb our attention and it often feels like the simple pleasures that once enthralled, lose their luster. If my kids are screaming and the car won’t start, it is understandable that the delight of a favorite sweater or the perfectly buttered toast just eaten, may be lost. However, if we learn to look for joy, possibly even create occasions for this bliss to become a habit, we can be joyful even when chaos is all around us.
The people of Haiti have seemingly perfected this. On just about every scale Haitians seem to be at the bottom, and this was before the earthquake! Even so, a vibrant and joyful culture filled with art abounds.
When circumstances are overwhelming, think of the people of Haiti or Japan devastated by nature, or just on-goingly annoying, think rush hour traffic. In the middle of all of it, it is possible to notice tiny moments of inspiration. A small flower poking it’s way through the rubble. A traffic light that is green, when a red one would have made you late.
The greatest gift you can give yourself is joy, not only because of the feeling that goes with it at the moment, but because of the magnificent experience it will draw to you. It will produce wonders in your life. ~ Jack Boland
Everyone deserves joy. It will make the sad times easier and the good times richer. It makes us able to withstand the difficult and calls us to greater challenges. As my mentor Earl Nightingale put it, “We become what we think about.” and reminding people to think about joy is what this site is all about!