|“What is happiness to me?”|
I’ve asked this so often it’s become my mantra - and boy does it work like a charm.
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February is done.
March, the second month of my Global Twitter/Blogger Happiness Project, has begun and will continue on its own volition.
Some things I have no control over.
The bench is anchored firmly and accommodates the lone sitter as she takes a moment to rest after her long trek up the hillside to its location.
She had sat on this bench often on her short visit to the region years ago.
She still sits on it when taking a turn back in time to yesterday - a yesterday so long ago.
Memories of happiness and sadness weave the shawl that drapes warmly over her tired shoulders.
She is neither happy nor sad on these visits to a time past - she is but a silent observer of the soundless videos playing themselves out in her mind as she sits and looks out upon the village below.
Years have passed; contentment, joy, and happiness of an assorted variety have filled in the holes once occupying a large portion of her subconscious mind.
The bench, while anchored firmly, has lost its importance and is now a bittersweet, lingering reflection of a turbulent moment when still waters had run very deep and belied the storm above.
One storm passes and another brews off in the distance waiting its turn - and yet the sun shines as it always does when one is willing to see it even in the midst of dark, looming grey skies.
She lets her internal sun shine freely letting its warm rays penetrate every corner of her being - yes, she is happy.
The bench, still anchored, still firmly, will always be a place of reflection; a place to revisit a time past - a time long gone.
It has shaped her essence.
The person she is today is because of time spent sitting on the bench nestled high up on the hillside.
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Do you reflect on what has shaped you into the person you are today?
Are you thankful for the experiences - whether good or bad?
Have you been choosing “happiness” on a daily basis?
What is happiness to you?
You tell me.