Happiness is a choice
I have taken up the #100HappyDays challenge and today is Day 25. As I am sitting typing each word, I am not exactly happy. Yes, the chores leading up to Diwali have been taken care of. Slowly but steadily many things have been cleaned and re-arranged. I even managed to put the lights up in the balcony. It looks beautiful.
But just an evening before Diwali, I feel the silence within. I can hear crackers outside and I also hear it rain. A weird weather for Diwali and wrong timing. But that’s how it is.
As adults, we are bound by our circumstances. We are tied to what’s practical and how thinking makes choices rational. I love this time of the year and the festive spirit all around but what is it without family? But then I ask myself, can I change anything? The answer is a resounding NO.
So, what can I change?
I can change how I am feeling right now.
I can choose to feel miserable or I can get up, pull out my umbrella and buy sweets for tomorrow’s pooja.
I can go buy diyas.
I can smile looking at the lights I have set out between the plants. How beautifully those little bulbs are making the leaves glow.
I can share all this I am feeling with you readers and in turn hear about the things you did that made you smile.
Life is all about choices we make and staying happy is a choice.
So, today as I sit alone typing each word, I am choosing to be happy. Festivals are family time. Time to be with loved ones and cherish doing things that are special to the season.
So what if I am not spending this Diwali with family?
I am happy about the lovely weather.
I am happy to see the lamps and lights that are lit in every other house including mine.
That my neighborhood is buzzing with happiness.
Every other person, whether I know her or not seems to be wearing a smile.
There is good home-made food on my plate and it’s all that I like.
I am happy that my loved ones are healthy and safe.
I am happy that tomorrow I have a day off.
I am happy that I will have friends with me tomorrow.
Happiness is a choice. Make the right choice and get along with life. That’s the right thing to do, isn’t it?