Thursday, December 1, 2011

Silly Season



Well, the holiday season is upon us again. It's the time of year when people smile more, laugh more, and are generally more pleasant. Unfortunately, this change in behavior is artificial, and temporary. 

It's easy to be happy when the whole world is singing songs of joy. Truly happy people do not rely on such external stimulation. They derive their happiness from within, and project it onto the world around them.
All major religions or philosophical teachings will tell you the same thing. True peace comes from within, normally via a connection to a higher power. 

People love to complain, and why not it's easier. Counting your blessings takes effort. We are a week removed from Thanksgiving here in the US. When asked what you were thankful for, what was your answer? Have you thought about what you are thankful for again since? Probably not.
Alright, I am sounding like a cynic, so let me get to the point. We live in a world where there will always be a steady supply of energy coming towards us, both positive and negative. And we know, what we put out is what we will get back. 

I don't know about you, but I have a hard time being positive 24/7. The good thing is, we don't have to. As Randy Gage said a couple weeks ago, it's the 51% rule. When you reach the point that 51% of your thoughts are positive, it will change your life. 

While the holidays may bring about a temporary change, I for one, welcome it. Spreading Joy and Cheer at Christmas reminds us of what it was like when we were children, before the world turned us into cynics.

So, my challenge to you is this. This Christmas Season, be mindful of the things that bring a smile to your face. Write them down and keep them handy. Through the year, look at your list when you start to feel down and remember the feeling you had. Anything we can do to get over that 51% hump is worth the effort. 

Before you know it, every day will feel like Christmas.
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