When we think about happiness, we automatically place it on the opposite side of the spectrum to sadness. But if we think about sadness, it does not only tear away our happiness but also builds it. Like the seed sprouting out of the soil or the dawn breaking over the horizon, true happiness can only be realised when sadness or its various other forms have had a hold on us. Sadness moulds us. It teaches us about ourselves. It strengthens us. We’d never truly understand happiness, gratitude, or resilience without sadness. Don’t fight it, because nobody can ever be free of it. Instead, thrive in it.
Tis the season to be jolly. There’s something about the holiday time that changes our outlook on life. And that’s primarily because it’s a time for giving, for generosity and for kindness. We’re more forgiving and accepting of others’ flaws and mistakes. We’re more charitable and hospitable towards those less fortunate. We open ourselves up, letting love both infiltrate and radiate. Christmas time really goes to show how much giving can boost our happiness, our energy and our sense of worth. It’s a beautiful cycle that shouldn’t be underestimated or broken. It’s a spirit that we should hold onto all throughout the year.
Believe in yourself. Sometimes it’s the hardest part. But you shouldn’t need someone to convince you. Be your most devoted admirer. Be your most enthusiastic cheerleader. Be your own hero. Because you deserve all the joy and love and success you wish for. And much of what stands in your way is yourself. We doubt our abilities and our visions. But you can do anything. We all can. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. Come out from the shadows your hiding in. And let yourself shine.
Somewhere in the world, there is someone who dreams of a life like yours.
Somewhere in the world, there is someone who skips their lectures to sleep in. Somewhere, there is someone who complains that they have to go to the store to buy groceries. Somewhere, there is someone who trades in the iPhone 5 for the iPhone 6. Yet, somewhere in the world, there is someone who is threatened if they go to school. Somewhere, there is someone who doesn’t know when they’ll get their next meal. Somewhere, there is someone who is sold off like a possession. They cannot even conceive of a life like yours.
I’m not trying to belittle or trivialise anyone’s problems or treat them as insignificant in comparison to another’s. Nobody’s life is free from trouble or heartache. But our life isn’t made up of one thing. We can be grateful for the life we have, even just parts of it. We can honour the life we have by making the most of what we have been given. Our life can bring us great joy if we learn to look in the right places.