Allow Yourself To Be Happy

By: Gordon Bryan

People often ask me explain my statements, and the title of this article
usually has people forcefully telling me that it’s ‘the others’ that won’t
stop them from being happy.

Er, wrong.

In fact, it *is* usually ourselves that stop us from being happy.

Society and education gears us to expect life to be a slog, many decades
of working in a job we don’t like, with the reward of, oh, let’s say a white
picket fence to go with your borderline pension.

This kind of mental conditioning leaves us more often than not, spending
50% of our time worrying about yesterday, and the day before, and the day
before that.

The other 50%?

We spend the other 50% worrying about tomorrow, the next day, and the
day after that!!

That’s a whole lot of time spent worrying about the past and/or the future.
So much time in fact, that we have precious little time left to think about,
let alone *enjoy* the present.

As you read this, stop for a second, and look around.
Really, take the time to absorb the moment.
The past is gone, the future hasn’t happened, but the present is here!

Take a deep breath, smile, and ask yourself why you *shouldn’t* be
enjoying this moment?

Obviously the ‘live for the moment’ notion can’t be taken to extreme, or
we’d end up in the gutter as tramps.

Of course you have to plan for the future, but not to the extent of ignoring
today.

Allow yourself to be happy!

It’s not a crime, in fact, surely that’s what life’s for isn’t it, enjoying?

As you read this, think back to the moment a couple of minutes ago
when I asked you to stop and consider!
It’s gone now, past, but you can look back and say ‘I enjoyed it!’

I’ll tell you something else too – look out, ‘cos there’s another one coming,
and another one, and another one!!

Make sure you are not ignoring the moment, let it become a habit, and
you’ll notice a bluer sky, enjoy the rain on you faceArticle Submission, and hear the birds
singing that little bit more in tune…

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