Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happiness

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." -Helen Keller

I had a "door of happiness" close for me at the end of last week, and I'm determined not to stare at it. I might have kicked it once or twice, but stare? Nope. Not me. I am moving forward, determined to find the new door that has opened. Somewhere. Or maybe it's still in the process of opening. Or maybe I'm going to have to go find it and yank it open. But I'm determined to find it.

Have you ever spent so much time and thought and energy dwelling on a door shutting, that you didn't notice a different chance of happiness? Or are you really good at looking for the positive? If Helen Keller could find happiness in her life, surely we can, too. Right? No matter how many doors it takes to get there. And maybe the trick is learning to be happy in the journey--not always just wishing to arrive at some predetermined destination. Because you know what? That destination might not turn out to be everything it was cracked up to be anyway, and if we can't learn to be happy with where we are at now, how will we ever be truly happy? There will always be something bigger, better, brighter out there if we get stuck in the rut of comparing (or staring at those shut doors). I, for one, am trying to learn to really enjoy where I'm at now. To love the beauty of today and everything it gives me.

Also, I'm planning on taking a nap because I got about two hours of sleep last night. So if this post seems somewhat rambling, disjointed, and/or incoherent, blame the lack of sleep. (Unless you've been a reader for a long time, then you know that sleep or no sleep, I'm just random sometimes.) Happy Hump Day! What's making you happy today?

13 comments:

Shari said...

I'm happy reading your post. I really love that quote. Sorry your happiness door closed, but I'm certain there's an open door there somewhere. Enjoy your nap!

ali said...

I love this line: To love the beauty of today and everything it gives me.

Just beautiful.

Hope you find that opened door soon!

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

I don't find this post rambling at all. I really enjoyed it. But dude--get some sleep. As a total sleep deprived zombie I can say for a fact it's a drag to be tired all the time. Enjoy your nap! :)

Colene Murphy said...

Awe. You are such a positive and wonderful person. I love how you are viewing the situation. I'm sorry about the shut door but something will come along, the right bit of happiness that is meant just for you!

L.T. Elliot said...

Glad to know you're not staring at the door and that you're chasing down your next opportunity. Have a great nap!

Sara B. Larson said...

Thanks everyone! And I guess I should say, I'm *hoping* to take a nap while sonB naps and sonA watches a movie. I never take naps--seriously never. But today, I REALLY need one. Wish me luck... :D

Elle Strauss said...

Sweet dreams!

Melissa Gill said...

I had two doors close today, but there's one still open so... I try to just keep knocking. Plus I use closed door as an excuse for some serious chocolate, so it can't be all bad.

Trisha Leaver said...

Enjoy your nap. If you can't find that new door you're seekig then just build it :)

Janiel Miller said...

If you are this wise after only two hours of sleep, then perhaps that is all you ever need. :) Sleep tight.

Laureen Larmour said...

I find that a nap fixes just about everything. And occasionally, a new door springs open in the least likely of places. Sending you happy thoughts (and door knobs!!).

Carolyn V. said...

I'm so sorry to hear your door closed. =( But you are right, good things are around the corner Sara! I just know it! =)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Aw, honey...so sorry about that closed door. Closed doors are sucky. I'm sending you some serious mental hugs right now. But I love your attitude. Never stop looking for the open doors. I think sometimes things do happen for a reason. A kind friend once told me that sometimes when things don't work out, it's the angels leading you towards a different path--one you are meant to be on. I don't know how much stock you place in that, but I have to believe that always always always, there's a door that will open somewhere for you, often where and when you least expect it.

Now get some rest. Everything feels easier on a full night of sleep. *Hugs* <3