18. June 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Joy
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there are times to go out and find

 

Happiness can be elusive.

Happiness can be right there in front of you, but you don’t always see it. Sometimes you’re busy living life, being responsible and you don’t really even think about it.  But if you do stop to think about it, you’d say, “Of course I’m happy.”  Everything is going as it’s supposed to.  Life may be busy and stressful, but over all, it’s good.

Then sometimes, the limits get pushed and happiness is a lot harder to find.

 

A few years ago I went to girls camp, during a particularly stressful time of my life. It was really great because it forced me to stop worrying about all the things I was dealing with.  I was up in the mountain, enjoying cooler weather, and no cell phone service.  Just time with girls and fun leaders.  There weren’t a lot of responsibilities other than being with the girls, and having fun.

Towards the end of camp we were required to make a “flag” with writing on it, of what we “believe” personally.  We all have joint beliefs that we share as Christians, but this was a much more personal thing. We were using this time to get more in touch with the testimonies that we have developed for ourselves.  Here is a picture of the flag I made.

girls camp flag

 

It was really hard for me to make this flag.  It was drawn in sharpie. Permanent as soon as I wrote it.  There were no do-overs.  I was at a very vulnerable place in my life, a little unsure of my future.  Plus, I’m not an artist, and I didn’t know what I was going to write about.  So I chose to relax, write and draw from my heart, and I could throw it away later if I didn’t like it.

The reason I share this with you is because this flag has become one of my most valued possessions. I created it by myself, with some help of the Spirit. The sentiments in this flag are from deep inside me.

When I am feeling depressed or overwhelmed, or wondering if anything I do really matters, I can pull out this flag and remind myself of what I really believe.

What does this have to do with happiness?  It reminds me that sometimes, when happiness seems to be hiding in my life, there is usually one of two things that I need to do.

  1. I can slow down, and learn to be grateful for what I have.  Getting back in touch with my beliefs, and the gifts that God has given me.      …OR…
  2. I need to get up and do something. Starting on that long list of to do’s, just one little bit at a time. Getting out my scriptures or other sources of inspiration. Talking to people who I love about how I feel. And getting out of my comfort zone to do something I’ve been procrastinating.

Like the Lemony Snicket quote I used above.  There are times to stay put and there are times to get up and go.

In general, I am very grateful for the many blessing I have in my life.  I’m grateful for a good job, great kids, a loving husband.  And every night in my prayers, I express thanks that I have a nice home to live in, and we always have food to eat.  I guess these are the things that really matter to me most.   As long as I’m in touch with my own beliefs and I have these basics, I have the foundation for a happy life.  Everything else is just beautiful icing on the cake.

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