We alone are responsible for our own happiness!


BLAMING OTHERS is not the answer

It is so easy in life to forget that we are responsible for our own success, happiness, and inner-peace. It is often easier to blame others than to own up to our personal failures.
 Many people I speak with have difficulty in this area. It is always someone else’s fault that they didn’t get the promotion. It is because of a difficult childhood (past or present)that they are unhappy or not accomplishing what God put them on Earth to accomplish. Or…the most powerful to overcome is a lack of inner-peace. Often, this lack consumes all energies and thought. “Why can’t I be happy?”
The answer is rather straight forward and so simple that it might elude us at first.We give happiness to ourselves by accepting equal amounts of credit for a job well done and at the same time, owning up to human errors in judgement and personal failure. It is not necessary to be perfect, but what is necessary is to step up to the plate and accept responsibility for our actions and place in life.
 If we are not happy where we are in life, who we have become, and what we are doing…we need to change…not the world around us. Be pro-active in these areas and success, happiness, and inner-peace will follow.

The Empowerment of Positive Choice in Our Lives!

In life, we can not control what is done to us, but we always have a choice in how we react to those tests and challenges. Choice is what separates humans from other mammals. That is self- empowering. Even if we fail with one test or challenge… a new one will come along in which we get to choose all over again. Perhaps, it is so we finally get it right. Life, as given, isn’t always easy; it’s not supposed to be. However, when it comes to our own human faults, it is very forgiving in that we get to “correct” our human weaknesses and errors should we so choose. Each morning I try to take full stock of that offer; I’m not always successful, but I do try.

Often, we do not especially like the choices as they are presented to us and sometimes they are even unfair… but they are choices nonetheless. It is empowering to know we have that ability to choose a new path… at any time. With each and every positive choice we make for ourselves… and towards others… we give ourselves honor. We also get to further define who we are as Human Beings. Think of this in even greater terms.

All of us lost something this past year. Unfortunately, so many lost employment, homes, and suffered financially in some way. In spite of outward appearances, no one has it all. Looks are very deceiving.  The last few years could have been, and should have been, a time of recovery and new opportunities. Have we taken full stock of what we already have; or have we just taken Life’s given gifts for granted? Some of us lost our way in relationships either at work or at home. It will be a period of reconciliation and hopefully, forgiveness. And a few of us might even have slipped into areas of human weaknesses: drugs, alcohol, and unfaithfulness and perhaps hurt those we love. Are we stronger and recovered now? Have we atoned for our bad decisions and actions?

This year continues to be a journey of great personal strength and courage moving forward in a healthy and positive way. We’re almost to the mid-point of the year. Have we changed anything in our own lives or the lives of others for the better? Have we become better people? Have we learned to embrace our mistakes? Each and every day we each have the God given ability to start over and make new choices.

Real situations in a continued quest to improve our own Human Footprints in our time on Earth. Choose well.