Faith, Life, Happiness

When someone has a dream, something they are passionate about & determined to achieve, they give their all at every step to accomplish that goal and succeed only when they don’t stop until they have what they want. For me, the approach is the same, but the foundation is a bit different; I turn to my faith first. Many people don’t understand it because after prayer, everything in my life is exactly the same as it was before prayer. They are right, and this is true; situationally, nothing changes with prayer, except me. Faith cannot solve your problems or make your dreams come true, only you can do that. But faith, as a foundation, can give you inspiration to begin, motivation to persevere, courage to accept challenges and difficulties along the way, strength to embrace and appreciate struggles and, perhaps most importantly, hope that anything really is possible. These things are often as important, if not more important, than the hard work and dedication itself that everyone places such a great emphasis on.

While we’re on the subject of faith, lately I have been somewhat addicted to early morning meditation. Through this, I have learned quite a few things about myself, about purpose, and about life. But the best part about faith is the true and real happiness I gain from it. Its a stable happiness, so that no external circumstances can even touch it, so that even when I am sad or worried, I am not unhappy. It helps me to always remember the big picture, and gives me confidence that as long as I try my hardest to strive for the best in every aspect of my life, then I can relax, have fun, and enjoy life, and put everything in God’s hands because there is nothing we can’t get through together. It is what has taught me to embrace struggle with open arms and be grateful to be blessed enough to experience all that it means to be alive. It is like a secret weapon that I can always carry with me, so that even when the whole world is weighing me down, my spirit is free. If I had a penny for every time throughout my life someone has asked me how I can possibly be so happy all the time…well, here is my answer and its always the same. A blessing in and of itself, obviously my life is not perfect. But if I am happy, then it does not matter, and all I can do is try my best to share this happiness with others while I am here. This is the only thing that can bring that feeling of peace, light, and energy that words cannot even begin to express to anyone that has not experienced it on their own, and I am 110% confident that anyone that tries it will see for themselves. I feel like I am beginning to sound like an unnecessarily long late night infomercial, so I will end here. There is no more I can say that will make any difference to anyone that does not have or want or believe they can attain this faith and happiness, but maybe what I have said will provoke some thought or raise questions or spark a small bit of hope or inspiration in whoever is taking the time to read my ramblings, ha. To end, here is a quote that has been on my mind lately, that I grow to love more and more each day as I continue to find it to be true, at least for me.

“People spend a lifetime searching for happiness, looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.” –Romana L. Anderson

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