by Jacinta Farragher
I’ve heard that there’s a secret, to being happy every day…
To feeling good regardless of what life throws your way.
Well that would be a secret that would be SO good to know,
So I packed a lunch and said to myself “Come on Joy, let’s go!”
I set off to the library first to see what I could find,
I read books on meditation, and the power of the mind.
I read that what you think about becomes real - but truly…
That made me feel quite nervous, as my thoughts can be unruly!
I read biographies and memoirs on people rich and zealous,
But if I’m honest they just made me feel a little jealous.
It’s good I guess that all these people have such great success…
But what is left for me then? Does that mean I will have less?
I left the lovely library with an answer not yet found,
And headed down the sunlit street and to the local playground.
I thought I’d check the place where children always laugh and play,
And see if these happy children could point me the right way.
I arrived and jumped onto a swing, then saw to my despair,
It seemed like all the children had forgotten how to share!
They were snatching toys from one another - pushing, shoving, and crying out,
So I scratched the children off my list and left there with a pout.
Just then I ran into someone I didn’t want to see;
A girl who used to be my friend, but told a lie about me.
She’d told a boy I picked my nose! Which really wasn’t true!!
I was still SO angry, so I shouted “I’m not talking to you!!”
I went to see my Granny, who lived not far away,
She is a fun old lady, and she has a lot to say.
I think she must be lonely, since the day my Grandpa died,
She told me once she’s not, but I’m not sure if she lied.
What’s the trick to happiness?” I asked, as Gran served me up some cake,
“There is no trick,” she told me… “It is a choice that we all make!”
Look around, you’ll see in every day a thousand cases,
People live in poverty, but still have smiles on their faces.
People get sick, or lost or hurt, or the ones they love may die,
And it’s okay to feel sadness; to grieve or hide or cry…
But the human spirit is strong and wise, and full of love and hope,
So no matter what befalls someone there’s an easy way to cope…
Just choose to feel the best you can, on any given day,
Think thoughts that help you to feel good, and put the rest away.
Listen to your heart, and accept others for who they are.
Live from love, and trust yourself, and trust me, you’ll go far!
I had so much to think about, and the answer felt in reach,
I sprinted to my favourite place, and sat upon the beach.
I sat in calm excitement and watched the waves crash on the shore,
And thought of all the things I’d learned - of all those things, and more.
If my thoughts can really become truth, then why my nervous state?
Now I was so eager to find out what I could create!
I let go of feeling jealous of success - now I felt free…
The very meaning of abundance is there’s enough for you AND me.
The kids who had been fighting, and pulling each other’s hair,
I now realised they were learning about what is right and fair.
My dear old Granny isn’t lonely, and she isn’t sad,
She’s happy now, and grateful for the good times that she’s had.
My friend who told the lie, well that is her problem, not mine.
If I always tell my own truth, then I will be just fine.
I see now that my anger isn’t helping anyone…
If I forgive her, we’ll be friends again, and we’ll have a lot of fun.
It never ever matters what others think or say or do,
The only thing that matters is what YOU hold to be true.
And when you see that how you feel is something you can choose,
There just isn’t any way that you can ever lose.
Staring at the ocean, at last I understood…
The things that happen in our lives are neither bad nor good.
How we REACT to things is what really seals the deal,
Happiness is found in the way we CHOOSE to feel.
Peace and understanding came, and I started to rejoice,
The secret to happiness is simply just to make that choice!