I recently found this short film where random people in Paris were interviewed and asked one question.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
Sounds simple and easy to answer, right? But I find it interesting that people actually hesitated and scrupled for the right words to say. Here’s the film created by Stills in Motion, I hope it reminds you of the own reasons that makes you feel fulfilled and inspired.
Deep inside, I think we all know what makes us happy. It’s just difficult to acknowledge and fully embrace that feeling because we don’t really spend much time nurturing and focusing on the things that make us feel alive. When we’re overwhelmed at work and drowned with our to-do list, it’s easier to feel upset and hopeless than take a moment to reconsider what needs to change. Sometimes our busy schedules rob us of the joy of living in the moment, so it really takes conscious effort to slow down and enjoy life.
I’m guilty of this lately. There are just a lot of things that are not going according to our plans. What I do seems unrewarding and that makes me impatient and frustrated at times. I had to constantly remind myself that bad things happen, but it doesn’t mean that we have to have a negative attitude towards life because of it.
When we are consumed with the bad, we miss out on the wonder of the big picture and how God is working in our lives. Why not practice intentional gratitude, shall we?
Here are what makes me happy currently:
- God’s promises. I dare to claim all of them! Holding onto Psalm 27:14 now.
- Our jobs in Singapore, sometimes difficult and unrewarding, but still a blessing financially.
- Being able to pick up a book and catch up on reading.
- This coming weekend’s Easter trip to Myanmar.
- Our spiritual leaders and friends who never gets tired of pursuing us despite not being available all the time.
- Random encounters that reminds me how small my problems are.
- Travel for autumn/winter this year!
- Accidentally finding (and fixing) an existing program bug at work.
- Having a personal time to reflect and write such as this.
- Being a work in progress. It means that I still have a lot to learn and to look forward to!
Have a great week ahead friends!