Thoughts and Tips to help pass over the puddles of life
Stop. What are you doing?
In a matter of seconds you’ve made at least two decisions. The first was to open this entry to read it. The second was to keep reading after the word “stop.”
Decisions like these two are pretty common. They are right up there with walking in one direction or another or what clothing you wear. But, they are decisions none-the-less that you have made. And, whether you meant for them to or not, each one has helped to shape your identity and even mood.
Nobody forces us to smile each day or to choose to eat healthy when we are on our own. It is a decision we make. Or when we go to work is it our boss who makes us choose to do just the average or to be an outstanding employee. Sometimes we want to place the credit or blame on others for driving/demanding a certain action of us. But, when it all boils down the ultimate decision was ours because we very well could have stayed at home that day.
We set our own expectations and boundaries based on our decisions to either obey or deny these social norms. Our moods are affected by whether or not all of these decisions we make fulfill our long-term desires or if we cut ourselves short.
A quote I have on the wall of my apartment addresses this topic of choices and happiness. It reads: “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” –Abraham Lincoln
No matter how helpless we feel because of whatever decisions we have made in the past that have defined who we are up to a certain point. It is always important to remember that there is always more more decision ahead and that it can change everything. We are only as happy as we make up our minds to be because we have the power to choose if we want to stay how we are or get up off the couch of indecision.