How to Be Happy No Matter WhatDear Friend,
Who the heck wants to be unhappy? Who wants to be down, down, down, in an up, up world?
There is a woman who is a business client of mine who has her down switch on about 95% of the time. She could turn a $100 million lottery win into a pauper's purse.
Last week when I called on her she started in on the election, the housing market, her car, ad nauseum ... so I decided to laugh at what she was telling me.
The housing market is down ... big yuk.
Her car was in the garage ... big yuk.
Finally she blows up. "What is so $%#*&^ funny?"
I said, (and you have to have a lot of confidence to do this), "You are the most miserable #$%^^&^@ I know. Every year your business gets bigger, you buy a new car every year, you just came back from the islands, and you cry more than a 3-month old child. That's what's so &^%$^^^%^funny."
And I laughed again.
She stared at me for a while, and slowly started to laugh. And it became a big laugh. And soon there were tears.
"Lori," I said. "Life is never going to be perfect. Life is NOW, it's what is happening NOW. Hell, I've been miserable, and I've been happy, and I prefer happy. I just say to myself, "I'm going to be happy no matter what."
"This does not mean you will be happy 24/7/365. It doesn't work that way. That would be more exhausting than everything you do.
But we are meant to be happy. Pain, grief, sadness, loneliness, are all part of the wheel of life. You cannot bask in the sunshine of happiness without knowing unhappiness. Have some compassion for yourself. Turn on the window wipers of your mind, and clean the glass."
"I really want to be happy," she said.
When she said this I looked her in the eyes and told her, "We Irish have a saying, 'Be happy while you're living, For you're a long time dead.' "
I left Lori's office, without even attempting a sale. A couple of days later she called me, and gave me a huge order. Just before she hung up she told me one the funniest stories I have ever heard.
We were both hysterical.
The story was about her.
P.S. P.S. Robert Louis Stevenson gave some good advice about happiness A long time ago. He said, "Sit loosely in the saddle of life." For more life changing information like the above go here.
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