Is It Possible to Be Too Happy?

This is the thought that landed in my brain as I sat down to write this morning.
 
The last week has brought me an armful of gifts, including those gifts that arrived cloaked as obstacles. I just returned from my morning walk and I’m delighted to report that I walked the farthest I’ve gone in almost a year. I feel spectacularly happy this morning.
 
Everything’s going my way right now – all that thinking about has brought about exactly what I have desired. So what do you do when you realize all that you have hoped for is showing up?
 
I can tell you that there was a time in my life when this would have scared the pants off me. I wouldn’t have wanted to enjoy it too much. I used to believe that feeling this good was dangerous, because it certainly couldn’t last.  At that point in my life, I would rather miss this feeling altogether than constantly suffer the fear of losing it. You talk about making a hell of heaven!
 
Now I know that I have as many feelings as there are keys on a piano. Some are the major chords and some are the minor chords; they all contribute to the music of my life.
 
I’ve also learned that I’m completely at choice every moment of my life. No matter what is happening around me, I can choose my response. I have no power over circumstances, yet I have complete power over my thoughts and feelings.
 
This is one of the biggest gifts of my Journey to Powerful Presence.
 
While he was in prison, Nelson Mandela said, “I am the master of my fate.” No matter what I’m dealing with, I’m clear that it can’t even scratch the surface of dealing with being imprisoned for 27 years because of the color of my skin.  Viktor Frankl and Elie Wiesel have described the power of this same kind of thinking in the midst of the death camps in WWII. Holding that perspective serves to shake me out of whatever funk may arrive with any obstacle I face. It’s not what happens to me that matters, it’s what I do to respond to it that creates the fabric – and the music – of my life.
 
So this morning I know that this abundant joy is a gift I woke up with. I plan to ride it like a wave all day and spread it around like sweet butter on toast.

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