“I refuse to permit anything or anyone to steal my joy regardless of how dire the circumstance is. Happiness is now a way of living for me because I decided a decade ago that it was time to take charge and become the captain of my own thoughts and beliefs.”
This is my submission to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth.
a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
I love animals and at my age, it’s safe to say I enjoy their company more than I do people. Animals don’t judge, compare or condemn, they bring happiness and love you unconditionally. But on the flip side, I don’t derive my sense of pleasure or satisfaction from others. With years of practice, I’ve learned to master my own happiness because it took me some painful years to realise that by comparing myself, my relationships and achievements to others I was putting my happiness in their hands, often with disappointing results because I was letting other people limit my joy!
In the years since, I’ve learned that some part of us puts some value in what people think of us, how they perceive us. This is the limiting part, this is what limits our ability to find joy in our lives. I’ve learned that WE also allow people steal our joy when:
1. We choose to accept unhealthy criticism.
2. We accept the opinions of others on how we are living our lives.
3. When we compare ourselves to others.
4. When we try to live up the unrealistic expectation of others.
Recognise these roadblocks but don’t let them rent space in your head, have confidence in your own abilities and accomplishments. You don’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations but your own. When it comes to your happiness set the bar high, accept only the things that bring your true happiness and not temporary pleasure.
Adulting is hard work so please adult responsibly!
©Etta D. Richards