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Finding Happiness: Be The Change {Inspired Blogger Guest Post}

I am so excited to have Christina at Chrissy, Inspired guest posting today.  Christina is also my “Inspired Blogger” of the month.  Will you welcome Christina by visiting her blog and leaving her some blog love?

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

For several months, my family has been facing a difficult situation. We’re pretty private so I don’t openly write about it, but suffice it to say it’s been tough on all of us.  In a way, it feels like my happiness has been placed on hold until this situation resolves itself. And yet in my heart I know the future isn’t promised to anyone, and wouldn’t it be really rotten to die today, holding off happiness for a tomorrow that will never come?

The truth is, it’s up to each and every one of us to choose happiness. And it’s a choice we have to make every day. It’s waking up and choosing to get out of bed; choosing to go to work; choosing to smile at the man on the elevator, rather than scowl.

It’s really pretty simple, when you get right down to it. Do you want to be happy? Then BE happy. Be the change you want to see. Choosing to be is the most intentional thing you can do each day.

  • Do you want peace? Then choose to be peaceful. You’ll never have peace in your life if you’re willing to stir the pot of turmoil with your friends and loved ones.
  • Do you want people to be kind to you? Then choose to be kind. You’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Isn’t that how the saying goes?
  • Do you want to be loved? Then choose to be loving. The love you give away is most often returned to you.
  • Do you want people to be honest with you? Then choose to be honest with them. Be someone people know they can trust.

Which brings us back to where I started: If you want happiness, choose to be happy.

In this season of my life when I’ve been so afraid to say “yes” to happiness, I’m reminded of what the Bible says on the subject:

“When times are good, be happy. But when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.” — Ecclesiastes 7:14

I’m not saying it’s easy.  It takes a concentrated effort to choose to look for the good in the world each and every day.  It takes faith to believe that happiness cannot exist without some discontentment.  But if change is going to happen, it has to start somewhere so why not with me? With you?

Friend, are you game? Are you ready to be the change? To be different? To be happy? Let’s start today, shall we?

Share with me in comments the way YOU’RE choosing to be The Change today.

{ And P.S. – thank you so much, Barbie, for allowing me to share with your readers today! I hope you’ll all stop by to visit me real soon! }

Chrissy wears a lot of hats: Christian. Wife. Mom. Animal lover. Employee benefits professional. Avid Boston Red Sox fan. Amateur photographer. Indianapolis Colts fan, even when they’re losing. Reluctant runner. Jack of all trades. Master of none. Chief. Cook. Bottle washer. She also blogs at Chrissy, Inspired, where she writes about her journey toward an intentional, purposeful, simple life. She’d love it if you’d join her.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Diane Ronzino
    January 11, 2012 at 7:41 am

    This post is Chrissy, Inspired!  Loved it.

    I have not-so-nice postal workers in our local post office.  Most of the time, they are rude and not at all customer oriented. I used to get a knot in my stomach before entering the building.  Now, I stop before I open the door and take a deep breath.  I put a huge smile on my face and keep it there until I’m back out the door.  Haven’t seen much change in a couple of workers, but two others have been more friendly.  I never thought about it before, but I guess that has created change.
    Thanks for letting me see that!

    • Reply
      Christina Berry
      January 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

      I do believe, Diane, that when WE choose the positive side, as you’re doing with your post office, it most certainly can rub off on others. I’m glad your new tactic seems to be working! Maybe the other 2 workers will come around soon!  🙂

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    Rosann
    January 11, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Chrissy, I love this post and there is so much truth to it.  My family is also going through a tough time (a lengthy season of unemployment) and our lifestyle has been turned upside down.  We no longer have the beautiful home, we can no longer shop whenever we feel like it, we have to be planners with meal preparation and grocery shopping.  And there has been so much negative, destructive emotion to deal with on my part and for my husband.  Because of that, I ended up writing a book about it.  But, I found myself really digging into the Bible looking for the answer to happiness…especially in our storms.  The one word that kept standing out to me was JOY.  When we lean into Christ in all things and for all things, we experience JOY, inner peace, and yes…even happiness.  We just have to be sure our happiness isn’t driven by worldly idles and money, but rather that it comes from our love for God and the peace in knowing He is all we need. 
    Blessings,
    ~Rosann
    http://www.unemployedfaith.com

    • Reply
      Christina Berry
      January 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Rosann, I will certainly keep you and your family in my prayers. I know the fear and anxiety that come with unemployment, as I lost my job at the end of 2010. And trust me when I say, I understand what you mean about negative, destructive emotion. I try to remember, though, that it takes as much energy to be negative as it does to be positive, and isn’t it always better to put a positive spin on things?

      Thanks for your comment! Take care, and be blessed!

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    Sundi Jo Graham
    January 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

    You’re so right. Our feelings can often get us in trouble if we choose to follow them. We have to make the choice to be happy even when we don’t feel like it. 

    Great post!

    • Reply
      Christina Berry
      January 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      You are so right! It’s when we don’t feel like it that it’s most important to remember to be intentional with our thought and attitude! Thanks for chiming in today!  🙂

  • Reply
    Beth Zimmerman
    January 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Great post, as always, sweet Chrissy! I surely am looking forward to meeting you in person at Blissdom. 

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