“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
What does it really mean to be happy? Is it being in a state of joy and smiling at all times? Or does it have to do with having no issues or problems at a particular moment in our lives?
Being happy has nothing to do with not having any problems in our lives, because the truth is that there is always something going on, as long as we are living life to the fullest; it is impossible to go on in life without struggles. That is the way we grow.
Being happy has everything to do with loving who we are, and where we are, understanding that we are in the right place at all times. I heard once that life is not happening to us but instead life is responding to us. So, our happiness has nothing to do with the circumstances of our lives, but EVERYTHING to do with the way we manage or react to what happens to us. I love Maya Angelou’s quote “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not be reduced by them.”
If we realize that everything is just an experience we make our life much easier. We are humans, therefore we are here to experience laughter, sadness, love, joy, tears, and the list just gets bigger. But we can’t get the full experience of joy without the feeling of sadness. Or really know what being healthy is until we get an ache of some sort. We have to embrace the idea that everything is here for a reason, every moment in our lives. Every experience as terrible as it may seem is here to teach us something.
Ask yourself, “What is it that I need to learn from this situation? What is the lesson in this?” Listen to your heart; our hearts are full of wisdom. When we decide to listen with our hearts, everything starts to unfold in a different matter. Everything starts to make sense, and we go from being a victim of life to being a person full of power, ready to deal successfully with any circumstance.