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It’s Ok To Be Happy And…

9 May 2011

Taken at Federal Palace Restaurant, Hong Kong

Taken at Federal Palace Restaurant, Hong Kong

Hello again and thank you to Crow for standing in for the last two weeks. He’s already grumbling about needing to rest his beak after all that typing, but he loves it really.

It dawned on me over the last fortnight that I’m really happy at the moment, which is rather pleasing. I’ve made some sensible business decisions, have been playing lots with the children and have been enjoying just being in the flow of life.

I’ve¬†recently worked¬†with people who have huge houses, vast salaries and globe-trotting jobs and none of them are happy. They’re all sweating under a self imposed burden that has a high degree of surface validity (it looks good), but which is paper thin. Their reality is that they’re stressed and tense and fighting hard to keep one step ahead of disaster.

Comparing my own life with theirs has really helped me to see that, in contrast, I have a richer life – and that in order to fully enjoy it I need to stop grumbling and just choose to be happy.

So, I’ve started to tell people that I’m happy. This hasn’t changed my bank balance, or the number of customers in my business. It hasn’t got the lawn mowed, or tidied up the house. But…it has meant that I’m celebrating the good stuff and enjoying life as it is. And it’s a great feeling to share your happiness.

I’ll leave you with a question:

If you’re working hard and are not happy, how can you shift your perception so that you’re working hard and are happy?

Remember it’s ok to be happy AND still have concerns and worries…we all have those…happiness doesn’t rest on a foundation of perfection. It rests on an acceptance that we all have riches, we just need to see them.

I would add that the sentiment in the picture is right – the more I help people, the happier I am.

…And a small sherry at 6.00pm helps too!

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