12.04.2013

Holidays + Happiness(?)

Hellooo TMC friends! I'm letting my sister, Allison, take over today. As we go into the most crazy, stressful, and magical time of the year, it's easy to lose sight of what's important and what makes us "happy". So here goes….Thanks Allie!

I’m disturbed by a growing trend I’m seeing.  Daily, I see some sort of postcard, picture, or e-card on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram with some phrase plastered across it on how to achieve “happiness”.  “To be happy, start your day with (fill in the blank)”, or “Follow these steps to achieve happiness”.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to just be HAPPY.  My personal favorite is “Life’s too short to be anything but happy.”  I really want to know who thought of this quote.  I think I’d respond with “Life’s too long to not be unhappy.”  I don’t mean for this to sound cynical, but life is full of disappointments.  Job losses, deaths, sickness, and violence surround us every day and we’re not numb to the feelings these events stir within us!  There’s so much more to life than being happy.  I think society is really missing the mark here.  Sure, being happy is a great thing.  A Starbucks caramel apple spice makes me HAPPY, plucking a Kate Spade bag up for $150 makes me HAPPY, watching my son smile after he realizes he just burped makes me HAPPY, but y’all, happiness is fleeting.  Far too many people are reaching for the next best thing just to experience that momentary feeling of giddiness or joy.  Sadly, those moments can turn into debt we can’t get out of, alcohol issues we can’t break free from, and the list goes on.  I think the postcards should read something more like, “Here are the steps to CONTENTMENT…”  Contentment, in my opinion, is based on our satisfaction in general.  It encompasses our entire being.  Contentment isn’t defined by a boyfriend, a new bag, or a promotion.  It’s a demeanor that says, “I’m thankful for what I have, I’m thankful and confident for who I am, and no matter what this day brings, good or bad, I choose to be content. “  I think this world would be a lot better if we all chose to be content.  While Christmas is upon us and is a fun time of year, don’t forget that Christmas gifts and decorations don’t define the holiday.  Family, friendships, serving, and giving are what make a content, joy-filled holiday. I’m thankful for a holiday where I can be content with what I have and thankful for the One who gave it to me.   

"Contentment is not out there at some other place in some other time under some other circumstances. Contentment is being fully present + grateful in any place at any time under any circumstances."
-Dean Jackson

Cheers to being content! Merry Christmas!

3 comments:

  1. Totally agree. My mom died this year after a lifetime of health issues. But I can say she was truly happy. Because she was grateful for what she DID have. And she always told people how grateful she was for them, everything they did for her, her happy home and wonderful life. It's all about perspective and the way you CHOOSE to live. Merry Christmas to your lovely family xx

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    1. Hi Claire! I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. It's so much easier to grieve when you know that a loved one was truly content and happy in their life. Praying for you and your family this Christmas season! Merry Christmas!

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