The video I am sharing today is a short, 1 minute video entitled, "Happiness Comes from Within".
Too often we see people in search of happiness, because they often look for happiness in other people and things, rather than making it happen from within! True happiness, real happiness and contentment, in my view, must come from within. If we are happy with little things we will be happy with more things, but we need to realize that it is the the "things" that make us happy, but our outlook on life and people, including our view of ourselves, is where the real happiness...lasting happiness comes.
A few years ago a lady whom I was good friends with (and she passed on two years ago at the age of 88) came to visit me and had a cup of tea with me. She was so surprised at how little I have in the way of furniture and belongings. I assured her that I am happy and appreciate the things I do have. I have realized, and I guess it helps that I grew up in a very low income bracket, as my mother was unable to work due to health issues and my father did his best to support us, but I always had very little even as a child. It is so sad when you see people who are used to having so much suddenly losing what they have...and going into a depressed state. This happens when they learn to depend on the people and things they have, and then when they lose it, they are devastated. Since I appreciate and enjoy, and take care of, what little I have, I don't feel that I am lacking at all. In fact, I feel rich...not in a monetary sense, but in a spiritual and mental sense, if you get what I mean. Therefore, since I have learned that joy and happiness come from within, I am able to be happy and thankful for what I have.
Another thing I am extremely grateful for...yes, many people have been complaining about the snow and how difficult the winter has been! I have noticed, though, because of the weather conditions we have had, vegetables are at a great price! As a result I have been really enjoying salads, which I just love! The spinach was just $1.00 per package last week, and it is beautiful (the two packages I bought were!). The English cucumbers were a good price, the tomatoes, etc., and so I am choosing to see the positive in the weather we have had.
The photo I am sharing today is one that I took yesterday on a long walk. You just need to click on the image to see a larger view.