I was reading “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman and this quote really jumped out and grabbed me “A warrior is happy without reason. That’s what makes happiness the ultimate discipline… Happiness is not just something you feel – it is who you are.”
And I started thinking about and pondering it over and over in my mind. Is happiness like any other habit that can be cultivated? Is it like eating right and exercising and flossing your teeth? Is happiness a skill that can be learned and internalized to the point that you don’t have to think about “being” happy because you just “are” happy?
I posted this picture up on our Cheslow Achievement Group Facebook page yesterday with the caption: “My challenge for you today: Just be happy today! For no other reason than that it feels good. Shock the people around you with your happiness, with your positivity. Be stubbornly unwilling see anything other than opportunity, blessing, and awesomeness in whatever you encounter today! Imagine what would happen if everyone did this today.”
I took my own challenge and was surprised at how difficult it was. There are SO MANY distractions in our daily lives – so many bits and pieces of information that can derail us from what we plan to do.
I’m 50 years old, and I very vividly remember a time when the most distracting things that happened at work were phone calls, the office chatter around the coffee machine, or the scramble to get something done for a manager in an emergency. Holy cow, there was no internet (at least not in the way we know it today), no cellphones (I believe our GM had one and it was the size of a carry on suitcase), no email… I THINK we had a fax machine – you know, one of the ones with the rolls of thermal imaging paper – LOL). There was so little to distract us from what needed to be done.
And yet, as I sit here today, I wonder how on earth businesses ever operated back in the stone age of pre-1995.
Now, I find myself absolutely paralyzed multiple times a day as my brain is bombarded with more stimuli than I had to deal with in a week back in those days – Facebook, Twitter, email, instant messages, text messages, calendar reminders… Hell, my freaking WATCH even yells at me to “MOVE!” if I sit idle for more than 45 minutes.
Work… Freak Out… Breathe … Shut Down … Reboot … Smile … Be Happy … Repeat…
That is how my day went yesterday as I took my own challenge to be persistently “happy.”
And I consider myself to be a HAPPY person!
I am very positive and optimistic! If this was so difficult for me, imagine how hard it would be for someone who doesn’t have my normally sunny disposition? LOL!
So, I’m curious…
What is your most persistent obstacle to happiness?
As much as I hate to say it, I think I am going to have to unplug from social media except for certain windows of time during the day. Ya’ll help hold me accountable, okay. I am going to persist in this pursuit of the ultimate discipline. Who wants to join me?