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Friday, June 28, 2013

It's That Simple

This week's trifecta weekend challenge is to write a piece in the style of this Henry James quote:


Three things in human life are important. The first is to be 
kind. The second is to be 
kind. And the third is to be 
kind.

The word limit is 33 or less.

So here's my spin on it:

Three things are essential for a happy life. The first is to
choose to be happy. The second is to 
choose to be happy. And the third is to 
choose to be happy.

Word count: 33

22 comments:

  1. You've nailed it here. So many people forget that they do have a choice. Thanks for this reminder!

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    1. Thank you! It's so easy to wallow in misery. I think we all need a reminder from time to time to choose happiness.

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  2. So very true. So very true. So very true.

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    1. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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  3. I choose you, happiness! (: Lovely piece!

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  4. :) Happy is as happy does. Ya done happy! :)

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    1. I'm happy you think so. :) Thanks!

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  5. Happiness is a choice. Good stuff.

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    1. Thank you! It's tough to remember that sometimes, isn't it?

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    1. Thank you! I need to remember to practice what I preach.

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    1. Yes. And sometimes easier said than done. Thanks for reading!

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  8. Well, just to show everyone that I have learned from others in our Trifecta community, there are some among us for whom happiness is not a choice due to emotional challenges they face on a daily basis. I mistakenly commented once that my world was "rainbow-hued and smelled like bacon" in response to someone who said that their world was filled with darkness and pain. I was bitch-slapped out of my smugness by a reply that took me to task for holding to such a simplistic view of how we, as humans, face our world each day. For that person, there was little choice in much of what happened to their emotions, from one day to the next, and for that reason, choosing to be happy was about as realistic as me choosing to be taller, for instance. I am lucky that, like you, I can opt for a brighter mood in order to face the day. Happiness works for me. I like it. But, more than that, I am lucky to be able to make the choice to be happy in the first place. Sorry if this sounds like I am raining on your parade. Don't mean to. :)

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    1. Tom,

      Thank you for your insightful comment! In no way am I suggesting everyone can simply choose to be happy regardless of circumstance. My point is many people choose to focus on the negative, the bad, when--if they looked at things more objectively--they have plenty to be happy about. Of course some of us have very real, devastating problems. To say these people just need to choose happiness to be happy would be incredibly insensitive of me.

      My mother has buried her husband and four of her six children--all of whom died sudden, tragic deaths. She also has life-threatening health issues. I sometimes wonder how she gets out of bed in the morning. But she does. I would even venture to say she's a happy person. If she can choose to be happy, I certainly can do the same with my silly little problems.

      You and I, and even my mother, are fortunate that we CAN choose happiness. So we should.

      Thanks for reading and giving me an opportunity to elaborate on my piece.

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    1. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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