Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Flipping the Turkey. Giving. Thanks. Happy.

There are entire bookstore sections dedicated to the subject of finding happiness. I've certainly browsed through a few of these tomes, even consuming some of them in their entirety. Some of them resonated with me; others fell on unresponsive emotions. But none of them gave me the answer. Where is happiness and how do you find it?

I think I've answered that question for myself. For me, happiness isn't a thing to a acquire. It isn't a place to locate. Happiness is simply an effect, a feeling that happens when I get what I want out of life.

So the question really is: What do I want out of life? It's taken me a little over 40 years, but I finally answered that question.

I want to make a positive difference in the lives of others. 

This year has been one of great personal and professional change for me, most of which has afforded me the opportunities to make that difference I crave. This Thanksgiving, it feels like I've finally discovered the secret to my own happiness. Those days when I give of myself and am thankful for the opportunities I have, I find happiness. It's that simple.

I call it flipping the turkey -- reversing the traditional holiday greeting of Happy Thanksgiving.

Practice giving every day. Expressing thanks with every sunset. Find happy within yourself.


5 comments:

  1. You DO make a positive difference in the lives of others. :-)

    Be happy!!

    Shawna

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  2. This year you became family to me. You are my brother and I can't even start to tell you how much of a positive difference you've made in my life. It's been a tremendously challenging year for me and without your friendship I'm not entirely sure I could have ended up on my feet at the end of it all.

    I love you, brother. I am thankful for you and heart-happy to have you in my life.

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  3. This is beautiful and a gentle reminder.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    Velva

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  4. Christopher, I am so thankful to have you as a friend and to have shared many wonderful experiences with you. You make me happy on a regular basis.

    With gratitude,
    Carolyn

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  5. Thank you all for your kind, giving words. I'll never express well enough how much you mean to me.

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