'Being' Happy

Do you whistle cos' you're happy or...are you happy cos' you whistle??

This was something a friend asked me the other day and I thought it was worth quoting.

We were actually discussing how the words that come out of our mouth have power.

And, how negative words not only depress others listening but also how they depress us too.

Sometimes in life we just need to choose to be happy, even though our 'happy ' feelings may be lagging behind somewhat.

I'm not saying that we should deny how we are feeling or that we hide our struggles, like depression or grief. We definitely need to discuss those with the right people at the right time. Maybe even finding a professional counselor. I've battled enough with fatigue, depression enough to know how real that fight with the 'black dog' can be.

What I think this quote means, is that instead of waiting till we feel happy to show it, begin with a thankful heart and start speaking out loud the many things we can be thankful for in our life.

There has to be something we can be happy about.

Start whistling even when you don't feel like it.

It's amazing how this changes the way we feel and how we see our own situation.

'Revelations' The power of words. Mixed media 57x75cm OEAlexander©

Our thought and words shape our life.

I'll share something personal with you; as an artist I spend lots of my time working alone and at times I feel that aloneness.

For a while it was overwhelming, coming in waves over me until one day I said to myself, "OK stop it, just stop feeling lonely! You may work alone but you're not lonely. You have family and friends and you chose this life as an artist ".

It's amazing how quickly those 'feelings' left!

People would have thought I was crackers if they had heard me speaking out loud to myself but sometimes you just have to pull yourself up by the bootstraps.

I've applied this principle in other areas, particularly in dealing with disappointments and delayed dreams.

So, I'm going to keep whistling, how about you? ... oh and don't forget to take time to stop and smell the roses; schedule in some time in each day to just stop and enjoy your relationships and other things around you.

Have a great week!

Liv. X

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