Something I posted on Oprah awhile ago

Happiness like a butterfly…

pstlc5
Posted on Feb 27, 2008 12:25 PM
I came on the site to post an “Aha” moment I had while reading A New Earth and looked at the “article” about “Seven steps to be coming a Happier Person”, and read this quote…Henry David Thoreau: “Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” And there again another Aha moment. I had thought I was depressed for over 10years! And I mean what I say… Because I THOUGHT I was depressed I was. Over the past couple years and the lessons I learned in my “weekend” stay at the mental ward at the local hospital, information (yes from the Oprah show) from books, and just life; I have FINALLY realized I choose to be happy. I read that quote about the Butterfly and it hit me that we can not be happy unless we are a place where happy can be. Does that make sense? I started with the “fake it ’till you make it” method actually. I would think, ok if I were happy i’d smile often, I’d be thankful more, I’d try and be helpful and kind to others and make their lives a better happier place, etc… I can say now that Butterfly is on my shoulder because I created a nice place for it to be. Not sure if this is in the right place on the forums, but I figure that this is where I was drawn to put it so I hope this message will touch someone that needs it and just to KNOW that you can be happy.

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