wake up and love
that’s all you need to do each day
I always thought it was love I was looking for
but what has sated me is not love but peace
peace with myself
with all the silly / ridiculous / embarrassing decisions/mistakes I have made so far
and I’m sure there will be a few more in my future
peace with my dad for not being able to love me the way I wanted him to
and he loves me all the same
peace with my body and all its (im)perfections
a deep sustaining peace that has nothing to do with who loves me or not
or whether I have the latest it bag or hang out with the cool crowd
or ate at the finest establishments
a rich abiding peace that resides in me
that I had lost contact with
and reconnected when I started meditation
peace within myself was what I had been looking for all this time
and I finally found
Happiness is a very personal thing.
And it changes moment by moment.
Take your time and figure out what makes you happy. In that moment.
And enjoy your happiness, however long it lasts.
Have no expectations about what happiness should look like.
It may be a perfectly brewed cup of tea.
Or a ladybug landing on your hand as you sit in the park.
An unexpected smile from a kindly stranger.
A doodle on your takeaway cup drawn by your barista.
A serendipitous rainbow caused by sunlight reflecting off glass.
Happiness is always within our grasp.