“That place where your soul is so much at peace, your heart keeps overflowing with happiness and your body is relaxed; a place that is so magical and out-rightly beautiful….filled with sweet-smelling lavenders, daisies and lilies….the stars are within your reach and you just float in the clouds…. that is your happy place and it is just a door away from you. Open the door, step in and NEVER COME OUT”.
– Omoakhuana A. Imoisili
So, yesterday evening, I again came face to face with the mortality of life….the cold fact that life as we know it will one day come to an end…just like that….sometimes without any prior notification, stared me hard in the face and I was somewhat scared, to be honest.
I attended the service of songs of a really beautiful woman who has been called to eternal glory. Seeing the hall filled to its capacity and some people even still left standing, I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of woman she was.
She must have been a really beautiful person to begin with and must have impacted on so many lives positively. As I skimmed through the crowd with my eyes, some crazy thoughts just kept going through my mind….
- Did she know she was loved and appreciated by so many people?
- What was the last interaction she had with each of these people that have come to pay their respects?
- What was her life like?
My eyes kept darting through the crowd as random thoughts kept wandering through my mind and then I realized, we do not know which moment indeed would be our last. Heck! We don’t even need to know.
Borrowing the words of Johnny Depp in the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides, “It is better to not know which moment may be your last. Every morsel of your entire being alive to the infinite mystery of it all”.
More often than not, we feel the worst thing that could ever happen to a man is death when in actual fact, it is not. The worst thing that could ever happen to an individual is not living at all or if I might put it this way, AN UNLIVED LIFE.
Having to go through life each day as though we are just turning the pages of a book isn’t actual living….when we have nothing to look forward to; when nothing drives you to want to get out of bed and go utilize the beautiful days of life, isn’t actual living….that is us actually just breathing in air and being alive.
Life as we know it, can come to an end even just before we begin to live and once that happens, it is a done deal because we only got one shot at it. The question therefore is: HOW WELL DO YOU LIVE?
Happiness is a state of the mind and is not dependent on any physical/material thing or on anybody. It is what it is if only you allow it come to you.
Seeing the world as it ought to be and not as it is, takes us faster to our happy place than any other vehicle possibly can because your happy place lies deep within you.
It is your mind that creates this world.- Buddha
We have to tune our thought process to those beauties of life we want to attract to ourselves – true love, happiness, peace, laughter, joy, forgiveness, friendship, etc.
Sweetheart, you do not want to play or toy with the powers of your mind. You would be so shocked at how powerful a magnet it is and how strongly it attracts the kind of thoughts you allow to flow through you.
It is the vibes you put out to the universe that comes back to you. So in essence, we are what we make our lives to be.
Irrespective of your realistic circumstance or situation….your world seemingly topsy-turvy….. it is still the power of your mind that creates your ultimate experience in life.
As the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band puts it in their song, Stand A Little Rain, “If you wanna see the rainbow, you’ve got to stand a little rain.”
We have to stop seeing life’s challenges as obstacles but instead a means to an end. These challenges are steps closer to the magic we want as it reveals to us who we really are and the unfathomable strength we possess.
That is why sometimes when we have flashbacks to some tumultuous situations we survived, we acknowledge and say, “I didn’t know I was that strong. I thought I wouldn’t survive it”.
But you did and now you are a living testimony to the grace of God at work in you because nothing we do is by our power or might but by God’s grace.
Now, going to your happy place doesn’t mean all the problems of life magically disappears. It is more like a soothing coat that keeps all the cold out and lets you figure out the simple and creative solutions to these less happy situations.
“When the mouth is open for laughter, you maybe able to shove in a little food for thought” ~ Keith Davis
One truth I have come to understand is that we can actually achieve so much and live whatever life our hearts desire if only we are determined to work at it and get it.
Let your talents and gifts open the doors and pave the way to a life of health and wealth. No one is created empty. We, each of us, have our own unique gift and talent we ought to bless the world with.
We each are a piece of the puzzle meant to bring complete happiness to the world.
NO LIFE IS USELESS.
If we all put in our little best into making life sweeter and simpler, don’t you think the world would be a happy place to live in?
Develop habits that constantly brings joy to your spirit even in trying and challenging times. Most times, our adopted lifestyle is the cause of our unhappiness.
Good a thing, we can always learn new things while unlearning habits that are in no way beneficial to us.
This is your life and you are the boss of it.
Trust me, there is no better time to live a happy and fulfilling life than now. Like seriously, go have a life. Taking each day as it comes and making the most of it….creating happy memories….is but one of the numerous routes to happiness.
One secret to happiness is this: Do not try to be happy. Just be happy because the gate to happiness is always open and doesn’t have a key.
Happiness isn’t work. You don’t have to put an effort to it. Just allow yourself and it would come to you, just like the butterfly comes to gently rest on flowers when they are still.
Your perception of life is your reality of life.
If you perceive life to be a happy and magical one, it sure would be but if you see it as a truck-load of problems and pains, well, sweetie, that is what it is going to be for you.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer
Control your mind and thought process….direct the path it takes and you can control how your life turns out to be.
So, you see, we determine the kind of life we want by what we feed our minds with. Hence we are no longer victims of life’s travails but fulfillers of happy destinies as ordained and desired by God.
My dear, now, go live your life remaining ever within the confines of your happy place which can expand to the far ends of the earth for all you know.
Thank you so much for reading this piece. I hope you found it every tad interesting. I look forward to reading your comments and contributions.
How do you find your happy place and how has it benefited you?