Life Lesson #22: Be Happy

Cate skips everywhere.  From the couch to the pantry.  From the car to the family room.  Through the aisles of Target.  And it doesn’t dawn on her to move any other way.  And there are a million ways she can move through life yet she always chooses to skip, her soft hair rising and falling as she goes. I love to watch her.  It makes her happy.

Life is always going to have wrinkled, burned, or frayed edges.  Things you wish never were, couldn’t possibly have happened, or just something you could do without.  You can dwell in those gaps and wonder what could be “if only.”  You can’t always fix what’s wrong or change what is, but you can choose how you respond.  You can control how you react. You can be happy anyway.

Every day you wake up you get to choose so many things – and your attitude is the foundation of it all.  You don’t have to just do what you can with what you have either.  You don’t have to just attempt to survive…   You can see the silver lining in everything.  You can focus on the things that bring you joy, even small moments, and live there instead.  Sometimes you can’t change your surroundings.  So if your reality must persist, then so must you.  But always, always be happy…with a smile on your face and a skip in your step.

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