When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened up for us.
Recently, I noticed that when a change happens in my life (or doesn't happen the way I want it to), I tend to focus on the negative when instead I could have chosen to look at the positive. For example, when the weather was beautiful and warm outside, I chose to be grumpy about how wet and muddy it was outside. Instead, I could have been appreciative for the long, fun walks I could take with my dog instead. Today, it dropped to below freezing outside and there are inches of snow on the ground overnight. Instead of being frustrated about how cold I was, I put on some gloves and my coat and played with my dog in the snow. While I cannot choose what happens around me, I can choose how I behave and how I see it. Today, I choose happiness.
A meditation for February 1, 2013.
A Satisfied Mind – Jeff Buckley