Monday, October 3, 2011

Happy Kicked My Butt

Day 3 of 31 Days of Happy.  Not sure what I'm talking about?  You can go here for more info.

hap·pyAdjective/ˈhapē/ (according to Wikipedia)

1. Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.
2. Having a sense of confidence in or satisfaction with (a person, arrangement, or situation).

Wouldn't it be grand if happy and thankful were the same thing?  All day I've been trying to come up with a post for this blog and I kept coming up with things I'm thankful for...and then I'd stop and think, yeah...I'm thankful for that but am I happy about it?  I'm talking "Happy" from the definition above...not happy as in la la la everything is perfect kinda happy.
Hmmm.  Sort of revealing.  Sort of don't like what I saw in my heart.
It started this morning.  
Children (who wake at the crack-o-dawn) yipping orders at me as I stumble down the stairs barely awake.  Thankful for my kids...less than happy with them.
The house is a mess.  Thankful for a home to clean...not exactly happy with doing it.
Off to Menards to pick out storm doors and look at kitchen cabinets.  Thankful for the new addition...not happy with customer service or myself when it comes to picking out stuff.
Home to cook supper.  Thankful for food to fill our bellies.  Not happy about making it...or cleaning up.  And really not happy with my children's reaction to the food.  
You get the idea.  Should Thankful and Happy coincide?  Not necessarily...not always.  But should they, more often than they do?  I kinda think so.  
I kinda think they should.  If I'm truly thankful, then there should be a sense of satisfaction.  Happiness really is a reflection of satisfaction.  
Today...31 Days of Happy, kicked my butt.  And I'm going to learn to be happy about that.  


  1. I think you and I had the same day. I am trying to do this too on FB. Thanks for keeping on keeping on and for honesty!

  2. Yes, I'm in this boat with you. :) SO much good. So many obviously blessings.... but sometimes I need to have alot of patience to be able to handle all of these "blessings' well.

  3. Love your perspective on this. Really something to try and work on for myself, I think.

  4. So much truth here. Yep. I feel the same way often.

  5. cute and very real post. love ya.

    (You need to pick a Monday evening and let me know!!)

  6. Such a good point, I never really thought about the difference but now you have me wondering...time for some reflection.


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