(Confession before we go any further – I have, on occasion, been that person.)
I had good reason to be unhappy. If you had had my life back then, you’d have been unhappy too.
Unless, of course, you weren’t. Because you had already figured out what I didn’t know.
But then, I discovered it too. It’s a secret that’s so incredibly magical, I absolutely MUST share with you.
Oh my goodness, I want to scream it from the rooftops, because I think there are still a lot of people who don’t know that.
But it gets better . . . As soon as I discovered that happiness is a choice, a whole other host of truths revealed themselves to me.
Did you know, for example, you don’t have to dwell on stuff that upsets you? Yes, you do need to think about stuff long enough to respond with right action, but you don’t have to ruminate on your fears, your injuries, your sorrows, the injustices that have been done to you.
No, love, you really, really don’t.
Here’s another one — Did you know that you don’t need anyone else’s permission to make choices about how you want to live your One Beautiful Life?
Nope. You really, really don’t.
If you are unhappy right now, YOU need to change. Stop looking at the other person. They aren’t gonna change. Nope. Not one whit.
Once I made that discovery, once I found out that I wasn’t a victim, I was a volunteer, I resolved to never ever allow myself to marinate in my own self-pity again. And, one day at a time, I’ve been able to keep that promise to myself.
I know a way up and out, and, I want to share that with you. So, I’m creating a manuscript for you about joy. It’s gonna be free. Because you’re priceless. But I could use your help.
I could use a few Beautiful You’s to bounce ideas off of during the next couple of weeks. I’m calling this group my Joy Manifesto Advisory Board. On occasion, I would email you with a thought or two and get your feedback. I want to pull the whole thing together within the next few weeks, so it’s a short term gig.
If you’re game, please enter your contact info below. (Don’t worry. I never spam. It’s not kind. And it’s not good business, either.)
I look forward to sharing the piece with you in a few weeks. In the interim, much love and joy.
P.S. It’s not your job, but you make me happy.
P.P.S. If you aren’t available to be part of my mini-tribe of joyful advisors, I’d still love to hear your thoughts on joy in the comments below. Or, sign up here to be part of the Joy Manifesto Advisory Board.
Photo: Flickr, Pink Sherbet Photography