What comes first, the chicken or the egg, the gift or gratitude, seeing or believing, the good times or happiness?
For most people the answers are quite simple. There will never be an egg without the chicken, they don’t find a reason to show gratitude before they get the gift, believing is always a result of seeing, and happiness for sure comes from all good things as well as having fun.
I’m am not going to try to find the answer to the question about the chicken and the egg. I’ll leave that to you. But I will look at bit more at the other questions. As I said, they seem very simple, but the answers are not as straight forward as you may think. The answers actually all depend on you, and your attitude.
Of course we should be grateful for any gifts we get. But gratitude is much more than that. It needs to be a vital part of everything we do, and it makes the biggest difference in our lives if we can learn to show thankfulness not only when things go well, but even more so when things don’t work out as we had hoped, or we don’t get what we had looked forward to.
How many inventions would have never been made if the inventors had waited, seeing if it were possible, before believing it was? The Wright Brothers would have never taken off on their first flight. Millions of people would have never had the chance to enjoy Colonel Sanders’ tasty KFC meals. Thomas Edison would have given up long before he finally found the right ingredients to light up a room with a light bulb. And you will never really be successful if you always insist on seeing first, before you believe.
Happiness is a decision we make. It doesn’t really have anything to do with circumstances and conditions. Our feeling may, but real happiness doesn’t depend on feelings. It is much deeper than that. Real happiness is like the clothes we wear. When we wake up in the morning, whether it’s Monday or Friday, sunshine or rain, we can choose to put on happiness. And with a bit of practice we can even learn to find happiness in the difficult situations that life always throws at us.
As you can see, it all depends on decisions we make. We can show gratitude only when good things happen to us, or choose to be grateful no matter what happens. We can decide that things are impossible because they look like they can’t be done, or we can choose to believe that that the only limitations we have are the ones we make ourselves, and that all things are indeed possible. We can wait to be happy until all the situations around us are just the way we want them to be, or we can simply choose to be happy.
I hope you have a fantastic day, and as long as you choose to be grateful, believing, and happy, I know you will.