Friday, December 13, 2013

Happiness: A Choice

Even though I'm a very happy and positive person, I still go through times when I feel sad and discouraged. Yes, even Miss Paralyzed with Joy has melancholy days! I know it's completely normal to get down at times, but it's not normal for ME, so I don't like admitting it. I'm usually really good about keeping my "eye on the prize" and keeping my gaze focused on what really matters, but sometimes it's just hard to NOT feel sad/disappointed when I think about what could've been. I didn't want fame or fortune, just the normal life I'd always dreamed of. Would a husband to adore me and a bunch of kids to love really be too much to ask for?!

The thought of aging can really drain my reservoir of joy if I think about it too much. I'm in so much nerve pain on a daily basis and my hands and feet hurt! The pain has only gotten worse over the years, so I dread to think of what's in store in the future. I also dread to think what I'm in for with my renal system. My urologist says that I'm basically a ticking time bomb waiting to happen. I'll take the paralyzed body, fine, but would a pain-free body be too much to ask for?!

I found some quotes about happiness that I thought were comforting, so I wanted to share them for anyone else who might be feeling a little downtrodden at the moment.
We might not be able to change our circumstances in life, but we can choose how we react to them. It's not always easy and takes consistent effort, but I know finding happiness during a trial IS possible.
No one is immune from adversity. Just because you're a good person doesn't mean you're exempt from having challenges, and you can't buy your way out of a cancer diagnosis, for example, just because you're rich. Suffering is just a part of life. I really like these next two quotes:
Here's another quote I like:
“Life is hard, true, but life is also beautiful, even when it's difficult.
When I write "pep talk posts" like this I write them just as much for my benefit as I do for everyone else's because the uplifting quotes are good reminders about what's important and help to lift me up when I get a bit down. The good news is that when I do have these gloomy days, they don't stick around long. The cloudy skies always clear quickly and my world is bright and joyful again. 


Lisa said...

You inspire me!

Amy said...

This is such a wonderful reminder! I, like you, tend to be happy and look for the good in all things. But, like you (again!), I have those days when things have just got me down. Thank you for sharing such uplifting quotes! You are such an inspiration to me and so many others. I am certain that one day you WILL have a husband who absolutely adores you - for you have a spirit of gold!! You are such a gem! Thank you for sharing your testimony, your light, and your dreams!!

Unknown said...

Dearest Heather,

So sorry that you are in so much pain. I can't fathom what you are going through on a daily basis. I hope you know that you are an inspiration to so many of us out there in the blogosphere. You are a source of encouragement for those, like me, who sometimes imagine that life is rough.

With All My Love,


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