Happiness is a Choice
Lately I’ve been having a tough time of it, trying to get my head around what’s next in my career? I’ve hit that point in my current job where I’m bored, nothing is really a surprise or exciting, there don’t seem to be any challenges left, at least none that the organization is willing to take and status quo is starting to seem like our motto. Luckily I was able to take about two weeks off and relax, first in Las Vegas for a few days and then out in Arizona with my brother for our annual brother’s weekend. The time off was good and not so scheduled that I didn’t have time to sit and think and make some career decisions. This is the first bit of wisdom I’d like to impart today, when you have a question to answer or a problem to solve don’t underestimate the value of just taking time to clear your head and think.
Needless to say when you’re struggling, you are not the happiest of souls and I was struggling with this as well. I mean hey, I write a blog on happiness, so staying happy, finding ways out of a little well is sort of necessary or I’m not much of a guide am I? The trip was immensely helpful on that front as well, spending time with my brother, who lives across the country, is a rare and precious gift and that always makes me happy.
On the last morning of our vacation as we headed out to take my brother to the airport we stopped at Denny’s in Fountain Hills for breakfast. Now personally, I can’t imagine working the Sunday morning shift at a Denny’s is much fun and so I’ve always made a certain allowance for someone not being real bubbly as a server at that time of the day. However, to my surprise as we sat down at the counter our server came up to us, blasted us a huge smile and asked us how we were doing on this wonderful morning? I have to admit my first thought was she was still high from the night before. However, she was great, a beautiful young with woman with star tattoos on her neck and an amazing smile. She looked a bit like Jessica Biel and her positive attitude persisted throughout our time there.
Now granted, she’s not a nurse in a war zone or a protestor in the streets of Libya, but early morning shifts at Denny’s serving picky seniors and grouchy people at Denny’s while surviving on tips is not likely to make you giddy. But she had made a choice to be happy, to smile and spread that joy and I’m guessing from the brief conversation we had, it’s a choice she makes every day, no matter where she is and what she’s doing. So today I put her up as our model for how we can move forward and be happier and this post is my personal thanks to her for sharing that attitude, have a happy day friends. ~ Rev Kane