Saturday, April 28, 2012

Do You Have a Diverse Portfolio of Happiness?

Sadness is an inherent part of the human condition.

It’s not depression, it’s not devastation, it’s not a chemical imbalance, it’s not a sign of weakness, it’s not the end of the world and it’s not going to last forever.

It’s just part of life.

My approach has always been to have a positive foundation in place for when the sadness hits. To maintain a diverse portfolio of happiness, as it were, that builds emotional stability in any situation, helps manage risks I can’t control and weathers droughts through the many seasons of life.

First, with the asset of attitude. I assume a baseline posture of abundance. That way, bad situations aren’t as threatening. No one thing or one person can knock me off course. And if one area of life is lacking, that doesn’t mean my entire life is lacking.

Second, with the asset of awareness. I stay mindful of the entire horizon. That way, I never lose perspective on how unbelievably fortunate I am. Because relatively speaking, none of my problems are that dire. Most of the world would kill to for my context.

Third, with the asset of action. I hustle while I wait. That way, I juggle multiple threads of work simultaneously. Instead of standing by to be picked, I invest meaning in a wide range of creative projects. And I keep moving.

Fourth, with the asset of affiliation. I surround myself with like-minded, like-hearted and like-spirited people. They serve as mirrors to remind me how beautiful I am. And they remind me that roller coasters aren’t so bad if you have people to scream with.

That’s a snapshot of my diverse portfolio of happiness.

And thus far, the dividends have been worth it.

Have you accepted life's inevitable sadness?

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