“Anyone can be happy when times are good; the richer experience is to be happy when times are not.” ~ Susan Harris …
Most of us have experienced periods in our lives in which times were not so good. With the economic situations that arose from the banks collapse and stocks collapse and housing market collapse in 2008, as well as the following rise in unemployment, times certainly became rough for many individuals and families around the world. And when times get difficult–financially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically, as well as in our relationships–happiness is hard to find. <!–more–>
It is important for us to stay focused on the joy and happiness in life, especially when times get tough. That is because our happiness is perhaps the greatest catalyst for bringing about healthy change; it is the oxygen we need to breathe. Without it, we are suffocated by fear, misery, and despair. Yet by keeping our outlook in life positive, we allow ourselves to form plans to manage and overcome our situations, which also help us to develop positive expectations.
I have friends and loved ones who have lost jobs to the sagging economy, homes to foreclosure, and possessions to other losses. Yet if there is one important realization I have learned over the years, it is that life is cyclical, that there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel, whether we see it or not. That is why we must not let the uncertainties and difficulties of life affect our overall happiness–they are just obstacles and challenges along the way. In time, things will get better… and when they do, we will carry forward with us so much more appreciation for life and everything in it.
When times are not good, remind yourself that it is still possible to find the silver linings–to see the good and the beautiful all around you. Even if life has become more challenging… it is still a miracle. And no matter what the situation is, there are blessings to discover; no matter what you have lost, there are things that you still have to be thankful for–health, family, loved ones, a positive outlook in life, happiness, God, and of course the ability to live life fully in the moment each day.
Rediscover the intrinsic nature of your happiness.
Questions to consider:
When times are not good, what are the most damaging thoughts–fear of an unknown future, or resentment of the difficulties we face?
Is it true that the difficult times in our lives build character and compassion, while the good times are nice, but do little building of our selves?
What are some strategies for keeping our peace of mind in hard times? On what things should we continue to focus if we want to maintain that peace of mind?
For further thought:
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ~ Anne Bradstreet