Balloons Make Me Happy, collage/acrylic, 12 x 12
Elizabeth W. Seaver
My baby brother is 50 today. Congratulations, John!
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Have you noticed that even when we get what we say we want, it doesn't make us happy? Is it just that we need to decide to be happy, as in "don't worry; be happy, or fake it 'til you make it?" No doubt we're looking at the wrong stuff to make us happy. It definitely isn't the stuff that makes us happy. Or other people.
It is a gift to be able to be unhappy constructively. I mean, let's face it, we're not always going to be chirpy and bright. That's just irritating. So, how do we navigate through those darker times without unloading buckets of gloom on those around us? Well, the bad news is, you have be a grown-up to be able to manage that. And you must watch for happy moments...pounce on them...and throw a party.
So, let's hear it for trying to become grown up--without becoming old--and celebrating the joys of life as they happen. Let's see what happens when we spend some time wallowing in that instead of the things we can't change.
(If I sound preachy, forgive me. I often talk to myself.....)