Happy Halloween 2010

This happy day is to be celebrated.  We received Halloween candy at our church this morning.  The ushers passed the candy following the passing of the collection plates.  Just loved that!  We will give candy to the little ones who show up from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.– all in frightful costumes.  We hope for at least one great grandchild to ring the bell.  Our neighborhood has many young families and Halloween last year was a great joy.  We will costume ourselves and enter into the spirit of all hallows eve here in Booda, Texas!!!

Speaking of happiness–I woke at 3:00 a.m. this morning with this thought front and center:  “I am happy.” Now, for some that might not be a revelation of any kind, but for this depression-era-hellfire preaching-worry addicted 80 something woman, that was a real revelation.  What came to me was that the statement “I am happy”  can be followed by the connecting word “therefore”  instead of the conjunction “because.”  This may seem like splitting hairs, but it seemed profound to me at 3 a.m.  If I am happy only if or because of certain conditions (enough money, children all well and happy, weather is good, etc etc) then my happiness is conditional. It means happiness depends on outside circumstances and doesn’t come from the inside.   If, on the other hand, according to my waking dream, I am happy therefore what follows is the outcome of my positive attitude and my choice of remaining happy, then very likely we will have enough money, our children will be responsible for their own wellness and happiness, the weather will be acceptable as it is, etc etc.  So, for now, I am saying that I am happy from the inside out.  That means happiness is my way of life and not conditional.  That seems to be good news.

I learned in hypnosis to say the words explicitly like I wanted the outcome.  So, I offer these explicit instructions.  Say, “I am happy” and leave off any conditional requirement.  I am happy because everything is good might be ok but probably it would be better to phrase it this way, “I am happy therefore everything is good.”  Simply stated, start being happy inside and the outside will mirror that.