My happiness is defined by “vignettes of joy.” An accumulation of these vignettes are the balm that protects me from caving under the weight of life’s many challenges, heartaches and downright sad moments.
The beauty of “vignettes of joy” is their lack of limitations. That moment may be fleeting or long-lasting. A shooting star or a meteor shower may each take their rightful place.
I don’t spend a lot of time analyzing my happiness quotient. I never cease to wonder at the multitude of books written annually that propose the route to happiness. They usually include some little happiness survey. For me, happiness is pretty much an inside job; external influences make a difference; but in the end, it is my own perception of the world that creates a “vignette of joy.”
My spiritual orientation is generally a private matter. I have lived and traveled in many different cultures, eastern and western. I find a lot of common threads among people who are looking for spiritual answers to life’s questions. I’m not sure who has found the right answers; but one thing seems to work for me: my belief in a Creator and Higher Power is one that encompasses a presence in all living things, an organic and dynamic concept that makes what I call God present in each moment of life: “every thought is a prayer.”
If I look too far back or too far forward, my thoughts are moving beyond the present where I believe God resides. If I concentrate my thoughts in the present where evidence of a creative life force is all around me, vignettes of joy are most likely to occur. Looking back and projecting too far into the future is likely a lonely trek, where thoughts may become cluttered with the sadness of regrets or the hopelessness of expectations unmet.
About a third of my life awaits me in the future. Two thirds of my life has taught me a few things about happiness. I believe it is a gift, a present, the reward for keeping my eyes wide open to observe the wonders of the universe and the miracles that transpire in each moment. The birth of a child,the wedding kiss,the graduation, the new job and many other vignettes of joy represent hope, love and camaraderie. Though each vignette may be fleeting, they accumulate over the years to a life well-lived, well-loved and well-remembered.
"All I know is in this moment." - D. K. Christi
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