Does looking for the good mean I am always happy?

While it is easy to focus on the negative aspects of life, I choose to look for the good in the world around me. This is not some altruistic stance or an idealistic view of the world; it is simply the way that I choose to live my life now.

I have not always looked for the good; in fact, often in my life I only saw the bad. I believed that people were mean; life was a struggle, and no matter how hard I tried, my life would never get better. I still struggle with those same thoughts. It is a battle to stay focused on all that I have to be grateful for even in the midst of loss and sadness.

Make a choice

Make a choice

It is a simple choice whether to look for the good in others and in the world, but it is not an easy task to do. Some days, I am filled with sadness, but I make a decision, a decision to be thankful. Whether life is causing me sadness or happiness, there is always something to be grateful for. I often struggle with money, yet I never go without food or shelter. Although I may be lonely, I have three wonderful children that I love.

Chief Tecumseh was quoted as saying, “When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.” No, looking for the good and being thankful does not mean that I am always happy. When I am not though, I remind myself that every morning is a new opportunity; it is another chance to live life, to follow my dreams, to be grateful and to love others.

All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.

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