It seems like every day, we're counting all the things that get in the way.
Alright Now is a simple song with a simple message.
Stop. Breathe. Choose to be happy.
So many times we can get caught up in our day to day petty first world problems. I am the first to admit that I do this on a regular basis. For me, I can get easily discouraged or I can get fired up by something as ridiculous as the driver in front of me going slower than I want them to go. That REALLY gets me going...
But hang on a second Jesse, put it in perspective. The person in front of you probably isn't going slow to intentionally make your mood worse or make you late. Maybe you should've left with more time to spare. Hmm? Oh and by the way, you're driving a car that works and your windows are down because it's a beautiful day aaand you're healthy and breathing.
Most of the time it's that simple. We can too often blame instead of humbling ourselves and owning the situation. And in doing so that you waste precious seconds of your life where you could be happy instead.
So this may raise the question, "what brings true happiness?"
Well on a surface level, if you look at the 'Worlds Happiest Countries', Denmark, Switzerland, and Iceland are the top 3 happiest countries in the world (USA ranked 13 for the record). According to researchers, this happiness in these countries is attributed to genetics, exercise, health care, a sense of civil duty, ect. All of those things are valid, yet to a point, relative. What about YOU?
For me, I have to consciously make an effort to pull my scope back and look at my life as a whole and sometimes I'll say out loud the good things and then choose to change my perspective or force myself to DO something that makes me happy. We can get so fixated on a present situation especially when we are not content. Sometimes we keep ourselves caged in by holding on to grudges or not resolving conflict. Maybe a quick and brutally honest conversation is what's needed. My faith is also a huge source of joy for me. When I can bring my heart to a humble place to ask Jesus for comfort and joy, He always pulls through. Sometimes He is the only place I can pull some happiness from.