In her exit interview with Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama said “Hope is necessary…What else do you have if you don’t have hope?” While I’m a huge fan of Michelle Obama, my contrarian response is “certainty.”
I’m sure that sounds arrogant…and it may be. But I choose to live by Winston Churchill’s conviction “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
I may never be as famous as Churchill, but I choose to live my life ‘certain’ that everyday will be a good day. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be problems, mistakes made, challenges of every ilk along the way. That’s just a part of living. But regardless of what I encounter, I’m certain that I’ll find a way to deal with it…and remain happy.
How can I be so certain? Because each and everyone of us has learned to deal with heartrending situations and yet be grateful for the good that exists in our lives. Even those who are naturally inclined to the “glass half empty” mindset are grateful for things that bring joy into their lives. Unfortunately, they don’t choose to recall these things as frequently as they do those that bring fear, anxiety and frustration.
If you doubt that it’s possible to choose happiness, read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. You’ll not only be inspired by the message for living that Morrie shares with his protege, you’ll be reminded that you’ve weathered tough times in your life and remained strong and happy.
With this awareness you are on the threshold of moving from hope to certainty. The only thing needed to cross that threshold is to choose to be happy regardless of what life throws your way. Morrie did! Those of you who know me personally know that I have. You can too.