Throughout 2018, I create a piece of optimistic, happy artwork every week for my One a Week Art Challenge. I challenged myself to meet this goal and I was committed to it and succeeded.
But to be honest, 2018 was a hard year for me and I learned that choosing happiness is not always as simple as it sounds.
In our country's current political climate, when truth and facts are blurred and integrity and ethical behaviors are not the norm – it is SO easy to feel the negativity. It is SO easy to be consumed by seeing the bad in others and SO easy to forget to find the good. On top of that, personally, during 2018 I experienced a series of circumstances in which I was disappointed and let down by people that I trusted and respected. Candidly, there were times throughout the year that I felt like I had lost my faith in humanity.
Had I not had this One a Week Art Challenge in 2018, I know that I would not have remained as optimistic as I did. That's how ART taught me that Happiness is BOTH a practice and a choice.
How do you practice HAPPINESS?
Make it a HAPPY day!
5/18/2019 07:27:36 am
Kim--How profound and beautiful your practice was, and we all got to enjoy it throughout the year with you via Facebook. And now I see what a struggle it must have been for you. I'm glad you stuck with it and learned so much and shared it with us. Good lesson for all of us! Thank you!
9/9/2019 09:13:44 am
Happiness is a choice- this is the fact of life. All have an option to live an unhappy life, at the mercy of their emotions. It could be quite miserable on the odd occasion, but we have to choose to live a happy life. Contentment is an option that a person can make and create for himself. You can be inspired by others, but your happiness will come from within. There is no such thing that can make you happy until you choose to be happy. And the best thing is- you can start to be happy any moment you want.
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