Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends on the tides of the minds. —Alice Meynell—
It’s all to easy to blame a friend, spouse, or co-worker for the uneven quality of our lives. If only others would behave accordingly to our plans and dictates, then all would would go well, we think. What seldom is remembered or even understood is that each of us has an individual perspective on any single event—our own. We need to stretch our minds and hearts to understand an experience from another’s point of view. However, we need never fully understand how another perceives life. We need only to accept that another’s perspective is legitimate.
Our happiness is not dependent on the perception or the action of someone else. Nor is it dependent upon attention, or lack of it, from a loved one. Our occupation may be challenging and fulfilling; however, the joy we get from it depends on the attitude we carry to the job. In every way, Whether the company of others or by ourselves, we make our own happiness.
My opportunity for happiness is guaranteed if I opt for it today.