Burdened or Blessed

By Christine Pitts

Recently I participated in, and completed (yaya!) the 100 Happy Days Challenge. This journey started for me when I was in the midst of spring semester. Life was busy and overwhelming. I was drained and having a lot of self-doubt. In a nutshell, I wasn’t at my happiest. I noticed a few of my followers on twitter posting #100happydays to correspond with why that day was a happy day for them. I decided to see what this #100happydays was all about. I visited the website to discover that this simple challenge was about finding the time to be happy – something so many of us forget to do.

The challenge seemed easy enough. All I had to do was identify one thing (big or small) that made that day a happy day. This took the focus off negative thinking and towards positive thoughts. I was excited and up for the challenge.

Not long into this journey I began to realize that I had viewed many of the blessings in my life as burdens. One of the first days of my 100 days was a really ugly and rainy day. Typically on rainy days my emotions match the color of the clouds, but this time was different. It was spring and the trees on campus were blossoming. So, I snapped a picture of them and captioned, “if you want a rainbow you gotta put up with the rain.” It allowed me to put a positive spin on the dreary day. Even the rain is a blessing, because without it the trees wouldn’t have blossomed into the beautiful pink flowers and bright green leaves.  Or, without our struggles we wouldn’t triumph into amazingly strong and successful people.

I can say, without a doubt, that for 100 straight days I found a reason to be happy and I am going to be happy for a 100 more, and then, 100 more after that until I die. I am not saying that this is the easiest task in the world, because there are inevitable events in life that aren’t going to make my day always shine the brightest, but I am willing to try.

Happiness can be found anywhere and at anytime. It’s up to you to find it and to not let it pass you by. Whether it’s getting a cup of your favorite coffee, helping a friend or graduating with your masters, it’s there and it’s important to recognize these joys. Life is far too short to be too busy to be happy. If you’re busy you are burdened, but if you’re blessed you’re happy. The only difference between those two statements is how you choose to view your life.

I challenge you all to be happy for 100 days. Check out the website for more information. If you’re feeling stuck, check out my twitter ( @cpitts_ ) for what made my days happy. I know you can do it! 

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