Authentic happiness is stated this way in the Dictionary:
1: Authentic: representing ones's true nature or beliefs; true to ones self or to the person identified.
2: Happiness: pleasure, joy, exhilaration, bliss, contentedness, delight, enjoyment, satisfaction.
Happiness is an active or passive state of pleasure or pleasurable satisfaction.
I would like to think that with all my years of teaching, I have become more centered in my life. I do believe my spirituality has grown immensely since I started on this journey. Although is there ever a time when we stop, or is it an ongoing life's journey?
Now the question becomes am I all that I can be?
After reading Promise Yourself, I feel like I have room for improvement. We can never settle, and say I have come far enough. I am still better than I used to be.
Now the question becomes is this all you want for yourself?
I know for me it is not enough. I know that when I am feeling centered and doing what God or the universe wants, which is to see perfection in everything and to Love those I come in contact with. Then and only then do I feel whole and at peace. For me this is authentic happiness.
Why would I want to give this feeling up. But I am not there as often as I would like. I do fall short occasionally. I believe this is part of the human condition. I once heard someone say it this way, If was not for the bad days how would you know the good days.
What about you?
For most of us authentic happiness is something we need to keep cultivating.
Read this poem and see how it touches you. Meditate on it and see how it fits into your life. See if maybe you need to change a part of your life to become more of the person you would like to be.
Promise Yourself: by Christian D. Larson
"To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
Think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you".
From Your Forces and How to Use Them by Christian D. Larson.
Also known as 'The Optimist Creed"
Christian D. Larson was born February 1,1874, died 1962.
He was a wonderful spiritual teacher, who had a great influence on many people, including Ernest Holmes one of my Mentors.