Does life right now feel a little crazy to you? I read this quote from President Thomas S. Monson the other day and have been thinking about how much this applies to us right now.
“The happy life is not ushered in at any age to the sound of drums and trumpets. It grows upon us year by year, little by little, until at last we realize that we have it. It is achieved in individuals, not by flights to the Moon or Mars, but by a body of work done so well that we can lift our heads with assurance and look the world in the eye. Of this be sure: You do not find the happy life—you make it”
– Thomas S. Monson
What’s that say? “You do not FIND the happy life – you MAKE it.” I love this phrase so much. How true is this?!
I think sometimes we just expect that life will just be happy. We think a that happiness will come to us, or we search for happiness, without realizing that it is in our power to MAKE our lives happy.
Because let’s face it – it’s challenging to be happy when life gets hard. When things don’t go quite the way we planned. When there’s bills to pay and there’s kids arguing and an endless list of things we need to do. But when life is thrown at us, that’s when we can CHOOSE to MAKE our lives happy.
So, how do we make a happy life? I believe we can create it in the little things. In finding gratitude. In serving others. In slowing down and focusing on the things that matter most. Little by little, drop by drop we can create that happy life. And in these crazy times, let’s remember that creating the life we want – finding that happiness – IS with in our reach.