Give it up for happiness; give up your need to be right.
How does being right change your world other than feeding your ravenous and insatiable ego which gorges itself at the trough of righteousness? It’s not wrong to have an ego, just stop feeding it.
Give it up for happiness; give up your need to control.
Ultimately the only thing that you can control is your perceptions and corresponding attitudes to the events that occur in your life and your ability and heartfelt desire to adapt to the consequent changes.
Give it up for happiness; give up your addiction to blame.
I didn’t say it was your fault, I just said I was blaming you”. Control is when you accept that your problems are just that, your problems. You pack your own chute, just do it!
Give it up for happiness; give up not accepting pain and suffering as necessary life lessons.
If we do not learn our lessons we will be condemned to repeat them until we do. Where suffering lies is right where non-suffering will arise, it ceases at the place where it arises. If it doesn’t serve you; you don’t need it, and if you don’t need it let it go or change it.
Give it up for happiness; give up refusing to forgive.
 Life involves being hurt; love involves hurting and getting hurt. Grieving and forgiving and moving on are skills we have to acquire and do ourselves instead of expecting the world and or our transgressors to do for us.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~ Gandhi
Give it up for happiness: love yourself.
You either come from a place of love or from a place of fear, where do you come from? I am what I tell myself I am; what exactly is that? Have a healthy curiosity about the language that you use in those conversations you have with yourself. You can search the entire world for someone who deserves your love more than you, and you will not find that person. Self loathing creates a hurdle so high you will never get over it. Your empowerment is inextricably linked to unconditional self love and acceptance.
Give it up for happiness.

Copyright © Henri Ferguson 2012