There is no secret recipe for happiness & contentment. The individuals who move through life joyously have not necessarily been blessed with lives of abundance, love, success & prosperity. Such people have, however, been blessed with the ability to take the circumstances they’ve been handed & make them into something great. Our individual realities are colored by perception—delight & despair come from within rather than without. Situations we regard as fortuitous please us while situations we judge inauspicious cause us no end of grief. Yet if we can look at all we have accomplished without dwelling on our perceived misfortune & make each new circumstance our own, the world as a whole becomes a brighter place. A simple shift in attitude can help us recognize & unearth the hidden potential for personal & outer world fulfillment in every event, every relationship, every duty & every setback.
The universe is often an unpredictable & chaotic place & the human tendency is to focus on the negative & assume the positive will care for itself. But life can be no more or no less than what you make of it. If you are working in a job you dislike, you can concentrate on the positive aspects of the position & approach your work with gusto. What can you do with this job that can turn it around so you do love it. When faced with the prospect of undertaking a task you fear, you can view it as an opportunity to discover what you are truly capable of doing. Similarly, unexpected events, when viewed as surprises, can add flavor to your existence. By choosing to love life no matter what crosses your path, you can create an atmosphere of jubilance that is wonderfully infectious. A change in perspective is all it takes to change your world, but you must be willing to adopt an optimistic, hopeful mind-set. DailyOM