I work at the headquarters of an oilfield chemical company, at the front desk. I get to see everyone who enters the building, and leaves the building (unless they sneak out a side door)…. From my desk there are 2 long hallways, one right in front of where I sit, and the other to the left. People come and go, always saying hello or goodbye, or stopping to make small talk. Wait, did I mention our office is in an old nursing home? Our facility had a fire a while back and this is our temporary location… Anyways, back to the story, err, blog. I promise I have a point to all this. So, I really love my job. Everyone seems happy and friendly, but one person stands out from the rest. Her name is Marianne, and she is such a sweet, funny, kind lady. Sometimes when she walks by my desk, which is tall and round, she starts kneeling like she is walking downstairs, or coming upstairs… She is always so so stinking happy! She just laughs and jokes and is always so polite and so friendly. She is just a wonderful, Jesus loving, gracious Godly woman.
One day I stated how happy she is, all the time, and her simple response made me stop and think- “It’s much better than the alternative”. How simple and true is that? This sounds ridiculous, but I then started looking at different blogs and such about happiness, how to be happy, and why be happy. Basically the conclusion is, WHY NOT???
How to be happy- Choose to be happy. Happiness is a choice. I am Facebook friends with several people who are always gloom and doom. I can’t imagine constantly living in a state of “gloom”. Every post is something about a car driving too slow in front of them, or the lines being too long at a store or there’s too much sugar in the kool-aid, okay, maybe not that one, but seriously, it’s always something. I ended up “unfriending” them all simply because they were making me aggravated and almost mad every stinking time I signed on. We are all part of a bigger plan, God is in control of it all. Maybe He is trying to teach them patience? Maybe I just need to clean out my life of all the sadness and hatred? Who knows. There is no reason to worry and get all worked up(well, not too much). We will worry, we will be sad, we will be angry… Just don’t let it consume you. Honestly, lately, I have turned to prayer a LOT more than I really ever have, and God always provides. Whether we choose to believe it or not, He’s got this. Just let him take care of it, and don’t worry, be happy!!! It’s much better than the alternative.