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What Happiness Is

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 My mother told me long ago that she had asked a fortuneteller if I would ever be happy.  "Not in a way that you would understand," was the answer she received. 
 
That prediction weighed heavily on me for many years as I slogged through nightmarish circumstances and relationships that threatened to destroy me.  I often wondered if I would ever be happy; it seemed impossible that I would find a way to be free of the restrictions on my life.
 
It took a full half-century of living to realize that my unhappiness was largely caused by making poor choices, taking the same wrong turns and making the same mistakes over and over again, yet incredulously expecting things to work out differently from the last time. 
 
At long last I chose a man and a life that were in keeping with what would nurture my soul, and in doing so I learned what happiness truly is... it is being content with what you have and at peace with where life's taken you.

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I'm linking up with Ivy for Six Sentence Stories
The cue this week is "CONTENT"

22 comments:

  1. You're beautiful. And smart. XO

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    1. Thank you :-). Smarter (at least at times) comes from years of making dumber choices, eventually I learn!

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  2. That and a boatload of money!

    JK, you've nailed it.

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    1. It sure wouldn't hurt Joe, I think I'd be VERY content living at the beach. :-)

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  3. Yeah for Papa Bear. You know, Josie, I am dealing with doing the same thing over and over again in a different aspect of my life and expecting different results, beating myself up and doing it again and again. I'm so glad you were able to break that cycle in your life. The words of the buddha (as always) are wise.

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    1. I still do that in some aspects of my life Val, I know the answers, but I am so bad about actually implementing changes and sticking with them. Funny how we can sabotage ourselves so easily!

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  4. I have seen your happiness.

    It is so very real in both of you.

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    1. You are right, Gail, it's far more real than I ever believed was possible. This is what real love is like, before this I didn't believe it even existed. Loving and being loved, through all the ups and downs, that's a peaceful feeling!

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    1. Thank you Mimi! I don't think everything in life has to be perfect to be content, or we never would be, we just have to have that underlying sense of wellbeing, that tells us we can handle what comes our way. I believe I can... though not always without a bunch of grumbling! :-)

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  6. You and Einstein make good company... "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results"... glad to see you've not only reached sanity but happiness as well!

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    1. Well, the sanity part is questionable, but happiness overall is a definite! :-)

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  7. I like how you are so honest about your past mistakes and appreciative of what you have now Josie.

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    1. I think contentment comes, at least in part, Old Egg, when we can look at the past without too much emotion or regret. It was what it was, and it's bought me here, which is good! If I hadn't lived that life I wouldn't truly appreciate what I have now!

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  8. So so true that happiness is being content with what you have and who you are. The fortune teller's words to your mom would have haunted me for years as well!

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    1. I truly wish she never would have told me that, Kristi! I almost let it become a self-fulfilling prophecy for years, focusing on the unhappiness part. Now I see that maybe my idea of happiness is different than what my Mother's might have been. Though in some ways I'm certain she would have liked more of what I have now, and I wish she could have had.

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  9. Contentment is such a nice feeling. So glad you've found it.

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    1. Yes it is, Kristi! It gives us something to fall back on when days are difficult. I know that underneath it all my life is very good and I am incredibly blessed!

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  10. There is so much wisdom in what you shared. I'm glad you have found happiness.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! I like to think I've learned a little along the way, but there is always more to learn, more ways I can challenge myself to become what I'd really like to be!

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  11. Agree with you, Josie.
    May we all recognize this reality.
    We can be as happy as we choose to be...

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    1. That's exactly right Anita, and understanding that makes us all more content with life and with each other too!

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