To be happy (but seriously)

This morning I was thinking of ways to challenge someone in a rut, but I ended up challenging myself. And now I want to spread that challenge to you by asking you the following:

When, in your adult life, have you felt the most happy?

Why?

If your answer is not ‘now,’ what were you doing during your happiest time that you could do now to find/create happiness?

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I was pretty pleased with myself for thinking of these questions, until I realized I couldn’t answer them.

But this set of questions is important. We need to be aware of what makes us feel happy and fulfilled so that we can be intentional about pursuing that.

And I’m not talking about getting the new iPhone or a trip to Disneyland, because that happiness goes away. I’m talking about the deep, soul-is-filled type of happiness.

I also believe that happiness is to some extent a choice. For example, in some of my most difficult times I have felt the most fulfilled and content. (And conversely, sometimes when everything in life has been good on the surface, it’s not so good inside.)

I feel myself beginning to ramble, and I know that my life experience is far dwarfed by some of yours and my thoughts and beliefs are limited in comparison, but please, try to answer those questions for yourself. I will do the same.

And as I close I am reminded of one of my favorite verses (though now I’m not sure how much it relates) (but I still like it and I hope you let it speak to you):

2 Corinthians 12:8-10: Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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But seriously

Lately I’ve had an internal struggle with my blog intentions. I have always kept the blog relatively playful, with the exception of several emo posts towards the end of my time in Jakarta.

That’s not to say that I don’t ever write serious or meaningful things; typically when I am going through something hard or need to process things, I write in my private journal that is password protected and for my eyes only and not for you.

However, I’ve recently decided that in order for this blog to be a realistic representation of me, I need to occasionally include serious posts, too. And how will I do this? In a new segment I have entitled “But seriously.” So whenever you see “but seriously” in the title, that means I am going to be writing about something that has been on my mind or something that I am processing or something with substance.

Obviously it will not be dumb. Or TMI.

But I am relieved that I released myself from the box I put this blog into.

And now to go do something else.