When I step back from how today is "supposed" to look, I get to see how today looks in real life. Last night I read a quote that said, "I was a perfect mom before I became a mom." And as I watch my daughter who was up all night only to then roll around on the floor fussing because she is so tired today, I have to agree.
I am not picture perfect. I get frustrated and cranky like everyone does from time to time. I watch in wonder as my daughter's mattress somehow jolts her with caffeine and the baby that was exhausted here on the floor becomes wired and alive in her bed. I look at my to do list and wonder how that schedule is remotely possible.
But when I choose to let go of the schedule, of forcing a too long to do list, of why my daughter is wrestling her boppy and singing at the top of her lungs when two minutes ago she was nearly comatose; something amazing happens. Life.
Life is happening whether I am forcing it and deciphering it or not. So what if I just let life happen today? When I let go of the stress I self-impose, when I let life happen; happiness happens. And that is what today is about as we celebrate National Happiness Happens Day.
Happiness does not have to be created. It does not have to be forced. In fact, when forced, happiness isn't genuinely happy. Today is about letting go and seeing what happiness shows up in those moments. It is about letting the camera take a picture from my pocket of the blurry, beautiful life that is happening all around me. And then taking the time to enjoy the beautiful, not picture perfect moments.
How will you let happiness happen today? How can you surrender to the beautiful real life happening all around you?
May today remind us we don't have to always be in the driver's seat. May we take a moment to sit back and just let happiness happen. Have a beautiful day!