Do You Have a Diverse Portfolio of Happiness?

Sadness is an inherent part of the human condition.

It’s not depression, it’s not devastation, it’s not a
chemical imbalance, it’s not a sign of weakness, it’s not the end of the world
and it’s not going to last forever.

It’s just part of life.

My approach has always been to have a positive foundation in
place for when the sadness hits. To maintain a diverse portfolio of happiness,
as it were, that builds emotional stability in any situation, helps manage risks
I can’t control andweathers droughts through the many seasons
of life.

First, with the asset of attitude. I assume a baseline
posture of abundance. That way, bad situations aren’t as threatening. No one
thing or one person can knock me off course. And if one area of life is
lacking, that doesn’t mean my entire life is lacking.

Second, with the asset of awareness. I stay mindful of the
entire horizon. That way, I never lose perspective on how unbelievably
fortunate I am. Because relatively speaking, none of my problems are that dire.
Most of the world would kill to for my context.

Third, with the asset of action. I hustle while I wait. That
way, I juggle multiple threads of work simultaneously. Instead of standing by
to be picked, I invest meaning in a wide range of creative projects. And I keep

Fourth, with the asset of affiliation. I surround myself
with like-minded, like-hearted and like-spirited people. They serve as mirrors
to remind me how beautiful I am. And they remind me that roller coasters aren’t
so bad if you have people to scream with.

That’s a snapshot of my diverse portfolio of happiness.

And thus far, the dividends have been worth it.


Have you accepted life’s inevitable sadness?


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