“Beware of destination addiction: The idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, or even with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are.”
“Happiness is an inside job. Don’t assign anyone else that much power over your life.”
More Ranting, in poem form
C’mon, guys! Get angry and enter the A Mused Poetry Contest by this Friday. I promise that it’s fun!!
Roses are red, ’cause they’re all full of thorns
That pricked you and caused you to bleed.
Violets are blue ’cause they’re feelin’ fed up
With being around all the weeds.
The bluebird of happiness doesn’t exist,
‘Cause Fate shot it, and served it with rice.
‘Fact, the only bird he and Karma will give
Is the one that isn’t so nice.
Think positive. Right; like my thoughts are the why
For pandemics; bankruptcies; death.
Moments that might take our breath all away
Are mostly just taking our breath.
The one thing I’ve got, right down to an art
Is lack of an income; cash flow.
Money can’t buy up my happiness, see,
So my mood ought to perk up tenfold.
My momma said there would be days like today
But not any days like the rest.
She couldn’t have known ’bout the last
ten twenty forty years
When she said I should give it my best.
In conclusion, I’ve seen that the problem is all
The people we’ve voted to lead.
It might also be my life consequences
Nope. It’s th’ gov’ment, indeed.
©2021 Chel Owens
“If you don’t enjoy what you have how could you be happier with more?”
-Mother Teresa, maybe
I don’t participate in popular social media events -unless I do so my way. When others share 10 Things I Hate, I share 10 Things I Love; if they tag a friend for One Photo Each Day No Description, I tag myself and post the most humorous artistic-looking picture in my feed.
November is no different. Sure, I’m grateful for stuff. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, after all. The reason I love it, however, is because it’s untainted and wholesome. It’s mine and my family’s. If I start telling everybody what I’m #blessed with, that’s bringing the public to a very private thing.
But, since November 20th, my Twofacebook feed has been different. People I hadn’t seen in ages, people who were only sharing political agendas, and people who only brag have all been giving thanks. It’s fantastic.
I have, too. For, I’ve loved the very different feeling I’m experiencing. I love the new stories about relatives shared by a cousin, the baby and grandbaby pictures from my neighbors, and all the photographs of nature and sunshine and happiness…
So, give thanks. It’s beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving.
…and, yes, I still share things my way -but I am participating. 😉
©2020 Chel Owens
“And what do I hope for? Health and happiness, mostly.
“I hope scientists find a cure for a virus that feeds upon human organs, drowning the lungs and clotting the bloodstream. I hope that as scary as circumstances might get, we all learn new ways to be. I hope for learning from the stillness. I hope for gifts in the silence. I hope to hug again, to travel, and be unmasked from every mask I’ve ever worn. I hope to pet my neighbor’s new puppy, to gather friends around the campfire we’re building in the potager, to hunt for agates and run from black flies again. I hope to have guests and readings and workshops in my new home. I hope no one has to fear losing their home. I hope people find their passion in their work and community. I hope simply to live as fully as I can.”
–Charli Mills, Founder of Carrot Ranch
“Knowing and accepting [makes me happy]… I like list[s] I like goals. I like tasks. I am somewhat high energy… [This] makes me happy. The key to happiness is knowing and accepting who and what you are. It’s taking your individual quirks and running with them without caring what others think.”
-LA, “Who are You… Who… Who…“
“For me I’m convinced life is like swimming to an ever receding island. If you stop you sink. But as hard as you swim you can never get to the island. It’s completely frustrating. Then slowly you realise that you can find smiles and happiness while you swim, it’s not all dependent on that island. Need to enjoy the journey.”
“Down side to this is that I CANT SWIM…..but it’s the thought that counts.”
–Gary, in the comments of Lisa’s inspirational quote
“Every persons’ definition of happy may hold a different meaning. I feel it’s important that you recognize what that meaning is for you and once you have defined it, understand that it is up to you to walk toward it.
“It’s so very easy to blame those around us or circumstances we find ourselves in for our happiness. What we do not always realize is that we have control of nothing but our inner voice and a choice. A choice to make our lives more amazing than we thought possible.
“Your happiness depends on you, and while it may not always be clear or it may seem like a dark path to walk, when we realize the light comes from within, the search for it elsewhere is no longer required.”
-Lisa J, “Define Your Happy and Walk Toward It“
I couldn’t find my happiness
It wasn’t in its place
Or hadn’t ever been…
“I’ll find it yet!” I said
Then sat in Thinker pose
-Although I checked behind
I couldn’t find my happiness
I found my sock.
Pretty sure John influenced this one.
©2020 Chelsea Owens
Photo Credit: Les Triconautes