Back in 2014, I purchased a book called "This Is Not the Story You Think It Is...A Season of Unlikely Happiness" by Laura Munson. I bought the book in February and I remember very vividly reading it and loving it! Laura Munson shares the story of a very hard time in her life and her choice through it all to choose happiness. She moved through an extremely hard time very gracefully and came out the other end. I took so much from the book and the summer that followed was somewhat magical for me. I applied the idea of choosing happiness in nearly every situation. Granted, it's easier to choose happiness when things are going along really well, but it's so much more important to remember to choose happiness when things are difficult. I can remember that summer thinking how life was so good...little did I know what was to follow. In the spring of the following year, my life started to unravel.
I completely forgot to choose happiness as the downward spiral continued.
I'm telling you this story because yesterday, something clicked inside of me and I remembered the book and the summer that I chose to be happy. I am a big fan of Esther Hicks and listen to her YouTube channel often (constantly) when I'm in the car. As Esther was talking about being in alignment (with the power of the Universe), I suddenly realized what had been causing all of my pain. It's about being the calm in the middle of the storm that's raging around you. It's about finding ways, no matter what to be happy. When you're truly happy, you are connected to a power that is so much greater. That power is always within us, but we forget. Happiness, and joy can bring inner peace no matter what is going on around us. When we are happy, other people respond differently to us. It's not our job to try to please someone else or to act a certain way around someone so that they feel good. It is our job to figure out how to make ourselves feel good!
Law of Attraction is a Universal law and no matter what you believe, you are attracting everything that happens to you. We (all of us...me included) make life harder than it needs to be. It's not a simple concept, but if we can reach for better thoughts and self soothe when things are not going so well, we will start to feel better. The more we dwell on what is negative in our lives, the more negative we receive. When you truly start to choose happiness, life changes and small (or big) things start to happen that will make you believe in miracles.
"The law of attraction is the attractive, magnetic power of the Universe that draws similar energies together. It manifests through the power of creation, everywhere and in many ways. Even the law of gravity is part of the law of attraction. This law attracts thoughts, ideas, people, situations and circumstances."
We were put here on this earth to be happy. I truly believe that with all my heart. I know that there will be times in my life, that I forget again and times when I go back to dwelling in negativity, but hopefully, this is a lesson that I remember more quickly. I want to recreate that magical summer over and over again every single day. There will be times when I forget, but it is my prayer that I'll come back more quickly.
This is not to say that I haven't been happy since because that wouldn't be true. I have had many good days and some awesome opportunities that have thrilled me, but for a long time now, there has been an underlying sadness that I just couldn't shake. In spite of all of my reading and listening to Law of Attraction talks, I have been resistant for some reason. Choosing instead to keep going back to the past at times and forgetting that the past is over and done and my happiness is the most important thing...the thing that will bring me the life that I truly want to create. When I look back at the things that I've written here on Crazy Blonde Life, I can see how back and forth I've been with my emotions. Everything I've written, I know to be true, but I've been having a hard time practicing it consistently.
I remember being at a Spirit Junkie Masterclass at Kripalu (a yoga retreat center in Massachusetts) and telling the story of how Laura Munson's book changed my life. Shortly after I came home from that workshop, the s**t hit the fan. The words I spoke that day were true, but at the time I didn't really know just how true they were. I'm going to reread this book and try every day to remember to choose happiness. I want the defining moment in my life to be the day that I realized how important the choice of happiness is, not the day that the s**t hit the fan!
I know...it sounds so simple and easy...just choose to be happy and you will be (blah blah blah)! The truth is that it is not easy, but it is worth it and it's totally an inside job that only you can do!
The title, A Season of Unlikely Happiness, This Is Not The Story You Think It Is, is so appropriate, because it's about finding happiness in the most unlikely of times. I hope you'll read this book and consider the message for your own life.