Is happiness a goal to achieve?
A shiny trophy that you win
And then admire on a shelf?
I once thought it was a
Husband, house, career and two kids,
But those resulted in temporary highs,
And more than a few lows.
When my marriage ended, I thought
That happiness would also take leave.
Yet instead it turned my thinking
On its head, on my head,
And asked me to reconsider what
It takes to be truly happy.
I learned that it isn’t what
I do but how I think.
So instead of fretting about the
Events in my life, I use
them as a springboard for joy.
This semester has been one of
The busiest and most stressful thus
I know that I will savor
My long Christmas vacation even more.
Recently my dad had an operation
That has caused him to find
Renewed appreciation for life and love
This year the holiday season won’t
Be a time of financial stress
But instead one to cherish the
Riches of being together in celebration.
My inability to buy lavish gifts
Has helped me choose with more
Care, thought and creativity. A disgruntled
Student motivated me to buy treats
For our last department meeting, putting
Everyone in a more festive mood.
The departure of my son’s teacher
Offers him new ways of learning.
Each “setback” is therefore an invitation
To look for the silver lining,
To find a way to peace
To reach for more uplifting thoughts.
I possess a beautiful new secret.
Because now I get it that
I’m not grateful because I’m happy.
I’m happy because I am grateful.
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According to dear Melissa, this will be the last Six Word Friday post until the New Year. Thanks to all the participants, readers and commenters. You have all brought me much joy. Have a happy holiday season. Remember that it is yours to make jolly.