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“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
A few years ago a wonderful family friend, 79 years old, shared his story with me regarding his wife whom he had lost nearly 40 years earlier. They were in love, had three young children, and had their whole lives in front of them. Everything changed when she went in for a surgical procedure, had complications, and didn’t make it through.
As he told the story, he explained his saving grace was the CHOICE he made every morning. He told me “I had three boys to raise and I made a decision to be happy. I woke up every morning, looked in the mirror and said, ‘Jerry, you are going to be the happiest damn person today!’” It worked.
He is happy and smiling… all the time. He is timeless. People are attracted to him. He is in a loving relationship with a wonderful woman. You just feel good being around him.
We all have choices to make each day and they aren’t always monumental. Most often, it’s what we choose to refuel our bodies with, the people we invite into our worlds, or as in Jerry’s case, from what perspective we choose to approach our day. All the smaller choices add up and what we see is the life we have created.
What adjectives would you choose to describe the life you have designed? If you aren’t happy with the current draft, perhaps it’s time to start looking at your daily choices and how they are serving you. Are there subtle alterations you could make to create more of a life which works for you? Let me know what unfolds! Would love to hear from you.