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I believe we are all responsible for our own happiness.

Submitted:Mar 25, 2008    Reads: 378    Comments: 7    Likes: 7   

Are You Happy?
Happy: enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary
Am I happy? Is anyone ever truly happy? It something we all strive for, but do we actually get it? What is happiness?
I've learned that happiness is just a moment. It's the moments in time where something completely captures your heart.
One evening, it was a pretty rough evening at home. I was feeling angry at the world. The electricity had just kicked off for whatever reason. The kids were getting on my nerves. The dog was driving me nuts. I was at my wit's end. Claire asked if I wanted to see the sun set. We can usually watch it from our back window. I started to yell at her. But I stopped. We sat on the floor, next to the back window and watched the colors of the sky fade. The sun crept below the earth. Serenity found me for a moment. Happiness found me for a moment. All was right with the world for this one moment.
There are times when I get the clippers and nail polish out. I give manicures and pedicures to the girls and to myself. Every once in a while, we'll even put on make up. Even better, I'll take pictures of us being silly. I feel happy when I do this with my girls.
I was happy when my sister got married. The ceremony was so beautiful, and I watched as my baby sister become a woman. Someone else's woman. She was no longer a baby. Tears welled in my eyes the whole ceremony. I listened to their I do's and my heart just felt full of love. I was happy to see my sister finally find him. I was happy to see my sister happy.
"Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued is just beyond your grasp… but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you" -Nathaniel Hawthorne


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