It’s a Choice!

Ink on gel print paper – Words: Mahatma Gandhi

I have a very talented friend who created this paper using gel printing techniques. She turned this piece of paper into gift wrap and I saved it. It was fun to work with and yet it did not photograph very well, so I included the quote below to make it easier to decipher.

Happiness is when what you think and what say, and what you do are in harmony.

– Mahatma Gandhi

Everyone is seeking their own version of happiness. I liked how Gandhi pulled it all together so beautifully and succinctly. He reminds us that happiness is about our actions and thoughts, and when those are in harmony everything falls into place. Which means to be happy we need to make choices that bring harmony to everything we do.

That sounds easy and yet we all know it can often be a great struggle. Home life priorities may conflict with the amount of time we spend working or playing. Work may take us in directions in which we are not sure we want to travel. Play time helps us feel better and yet needs to be balances with being able to fulfill our other commitments. All the while we work to find out more about ourselves, what we want, who we want to be and how we want to live our lives. Happiness is a journey not a destination, no matter what reality television or Hallmark cards tell us. Happiness is a state of being, a choice and one we need to work on everyday.

One day of unhappy circumstances does not mean we are completely unhappy, yet it can feel that way. When we are out of sorts, find ourselves in a strange place or situation, or face the unknown, we can feel tense which may make us think we are unhappy. I think Gandhi would remind us that happiness is not a temporary state of being, it is a choice we must make every day and in everything we do. The world may go crazy around us, things may flop up and down and back again, and we can still be basically happy. As an example…

I struggled with this piece of paper. It is so very wonderful and I didn’t want to ruin it. In the end I think the lettering is hard to read and the inks did not show up well in the photo, yet over all I am happy with it. As I worked I thought of my very talented, creative friend and realized that no matter the outcome I was blessed. It was nice to try something new, it was good to be challenged, and it was cool to reuse and reinvent using my friend’s work. One day soon I will do this again, with more of her paper, and that will make me very happy.

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