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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
Good morning, friends! Is this fall, or what? Such crazy weather we have had recently, with cold, wind and rain, but today is positively beautiful and portends greatness for the next few days. Enjoy it while you can!
Few things have I ever experienced that have taught me more about life than cats. I have been allergic to cats from my youth and my allergic reactions have been so terrible I have learned to avoid cats at all costs. Even so, my wife is a big cat person and we took in two abandoned cats when we first got married; I did this as an act of love for my wife, not the cats.
I was pretty rough on the cats. They scratched my furniture, left hair everywhere, made the house smell, broke the occasional things, and generally were nuisances. In time I wondered (my ignorance shows through in this example) why the cats didn’t “like” me. Duh. Would I like anyone who treated me like I treated the cats? Of course not, but it was too late to change those relationships. We had those cats for seven or eight years before they each died.
Two years ago we purchased a kitten for our daughter’s Christmas. Had I learned anything from the prior experience? I deemed to treat this cat with kindness, love and grace. Quickly the cat warmed to me and now, as best as can be determined from a cat, she loves me. Our relationship is joyful and happy. Does this experience translate to life? I think so.
In the pre-digital age “level” was determined by water or bubbles. A spirit level has a small vial with liquid and a single bubble. When things are level the bubble is smack dab in the middle. I’ve come to see happiness like a spirit level. When my experience in the moment drifts away from love, grace and gratitude I feel myself on the wrong side of happiness. It’s as if I’m back with the first two cats; the loss of happiness is due to my own efforts and choices. And when my bubble is level in love, grace and gratitude all is well. It takes no greater effort to be level and happy, just a different effort.
I see so many people seeking happiness is so many ways only to find themselves empty handed; sometimes I do myself. The choice is yours to be happy or not based on how you live, not what you have or do. Like the butterfly, happiness will land on you when you pause to let it, and it will stay on you as long as you remain “level”. How is your level these days? Have you found consistent happiness in yourself? What can you do today to find a level of happiness? I’ll pray for each of you today that happiness is yours. May it be so for you. Have a great week.