In the movie “Moana” starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson & Auliʻi Cravalho there’s a song called “Where You Are” it basically says, “happiness is where you are”. The first time I heard it to be honest, I was confused. I mean how could I find happiness right where I was? It was only after listening to the words a few more times did it start to make sense to me.
We often look around at the various people in our lives and compare and question how come my life is not as great or as good as theirs. Did you know that they do the same thing when they look around and compare within their own circle of friends? We are all at some point or another comparing and assessing our lives to others.
Sometimes we are happy with where we are and other times we’re not so happy. These are the moments I am going to talk about. Yes, it is easy for me to sit here and say that everything is going to be okay when I’m not the one standing in your shoes. The dark clouds that seem to be constantly blocking your way aren’t going to stay there forever because you’re going to find your way.
There are moments within the darkness that there are glimpses of light where if we just take a deep breath we would see that we’ve not lost the fight. Yes, the road seems long and weary but we are a chosen few where if we just hang in there we would overcome this too. So let’s stop focusing on others because sometimes the answers we hope for are already inside us we just need to look within.
Look at my life for example, I have my share of debt, dreams and aspirations. At times it could feel a little overwhelming but I don’t let despair get me down. I choose to see my glass as half full. I am able to meet all of my commitments (Thank God) even though I’m not where I’d like to be. I will continue to push for all that my heart desires and I will not stop until I get there.
Our lives will never be perfect. Should we stay angry, sad or depressed? I am sure if you look around there are things in your life now that are going well. Yes, you may not like your job but at least you’ve got a job. Yes, your home could use an upgrade but at least you have a home. You may complain about eating the same old stuff over and over but at least you have food. There are people out there starving as you read this.
Yes, our kids aren’t perfect and can be challenging at times but we should still be grateful for the good memories we have of them. Parenting is never easy but I’m grateful and blessed to have them. Maybe you wish you had a new car (I do) 🙂 but until I can upgrade I stay grateful for the freedom and flexibility it affords me.
Maybe you are not totally happy with your body image. Who is these days? We may not like this or that about ourselves but did you know that is what makes us special. There are people out there suffering with bigger issues than ours and I bet if they could they would take our troubles over theirs any day.
So in our search for betterment, let us promise not to forget that happiness can sometimes be found right where we are.