Making the Radical CHOICE to Be Happy
Here's a question for you. Can you commit to happiness? Will you make the radical choice to be happy no matter what? We're conditioned that our happiness is made of circumstances outside us and that those forces control our level of happiness. What if I told you that the secret of the sage is that happiness is something that lives inside of us and is completely within our control?
Happiness is a Choice. That was title and the radical concept behind a 1994 book by Barry Neil Kaufman. He founded an organization called Option Institute International. The organization's work was based on Kaufman's own work helping children with traumas, including some adopted by Kaufman and his wife.
When many people think about balanced news, they think about news that's balanced fairly between right and left points of view. To me, balanced news would include equal time for the positive news to offset all the negative.
Hey, there are really bad things and really bad people in this world. It would be naive to stick your head in the sand and not be informed.
The fact is, though, that the overwhelming majority of people on this planet get up, go to work, raise their kids, try to set aside a little bit for a rainy day, and try to get along with their fellow human beings. In short, they want to be happy.
This is true of Asians, North Americans, South Americans, Middle Easterners, Europeans, Jews, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, men, women, rich, and poor. It is true of the educated, the uneducated, techies, farmers, doctors, managers, ministers, secretaries, and, well, you get the idea.
All these people get up every day and want to be happy. Instead, their leaders and their information brokers work overtime to present them with a world filled with threat – people wanting to kill them, steal from them, cheat them, and rape them. In short, they work to create an ambient fear that makes happiness tough.
This atmosphere is the reason the affirmation says “the radical choice” to be happy. You, the individual, have to make a radical choice to distance yourself from the matrix of negativity and find a positive place within you to achieve happiness.
The good news is you are fully capable of doing just that. Look for the positive things in your day. Remind others of the positive things going on around them. Spend time each day in prayer, meditation, or using tools like affirmations to counter the prevailing current.
I don’t necessarily encourage you to turn off the negs unless it really causes you distress. To be a rock and a resource to others caught in the negative whirlpool, it’s helpful to know what is being discussed.
I would encourage you to find ways to counter those messages and check them against your own experience of life. Is the world really on fire all day long everywhere or is that an exaggeration?
Are there things happening everywhere all day long that redeem the character of your fellow human beings and demonstrate that the world is, in fact, a miraculous place full incredible opportunity for you?
My answer is yes, if we make the radical choice to recognize them and find happiness.
The choice is yours. Will you get radical today?
Be peaceful Be prosperous,
for 6 Sense Media
Barry Neil Kaufman shares more about his concept of Happiness is a Choice.