There is a viral pic Facebook which you may or may not seen. In the photo three kids standing on the podium after a race ranking 1st 2nd and 3rd. In that pic the boy that came 3rd is extremely happy and is showing off the small trophy that he received. On the other hand the girl on 1st position is seen crying though she has a bigger trophy and clearly won. This pic had a quote “Happiness is a Choice.”
The pic resonated with me but I did not pay much attention to it until one day when I got stuck in rain while on my way to work. It was bright and sunny when I started for work on my bike. Except the slow moving traffic everything seemed absolutely fine until a chain of dark clouds covered the sun and soon started pouring like cats and dogs.
Everything fine then changed to ugly and unpleasant. I had to stop by a shade under the bridge near a traffic signal. I was so not prepared for the rain and was furious that I got drenched and that I’d be late for office. Just next to me there were a few homeless kids playing. They were dancing and playing in the water enjoying the rain. One kid in between raised his hands wide open facing up towards the sky while circling around.
That very action brought back a slow motion visual of my younger self when I did the same. I enjoyed the rain so much back then that I called Rainy season my favorite season. And till date I remember Everytime it rained, I used to run to the terrace and raise my hand the same way and look up in the sky to embrace the beautiful rain.
Coming back to that day, the kid looked so happy and was living in the moment with no sign of any worry what so ever. And on the other hand I was looking all grumpy just until I saw him doing that thing which made me realize it’s just me. It is my choice for how I feel during any given situation. I now could relate to the pic I spoke about earlier.
I then started my bike and headed to work slowly riding and enjoying the lovely rain drops falling on my face. I had a big smile on my face and was filled with joy. I wasn’t bothered about the discomfort getting drenched would cause later. What mattered in that moment was I relived my childhood happiness without caring of anything else.
What I want to convey from this is that it is our choice on how we respond to any given situation. It may be same for someone else as well. How we respond, desides the emotion that comes out of it. So look at the bright side and choose Happiness Everytime you can.
Stay Happy ! Stay Cheerful!!