My alarm clock and the rising sun are coinciding these days so that I wake to the painted sky of the morning’s first light. The sheer luminosity of it cuts right through the lingering haze of sleep, and I gaze in rapt awe as the earth wakes to a new day.
“Gosh, I love waking to happiness,” I thought to myself this morning. “Waking to happiness.” The phrase quietly echoed inside my head. Yes, I thought, every day a little more. And it’s more beautiful that I ever would have dreamed.
It wasn’t always so. For long seasons of my life I was wrapped in a weary dullness so dense and heavy that some days it was all I could do to put one foot in front of another to keep on keeping on.
I tell you that to give you hope in case you’re in a struggle of your own. Here, take this little light beam and tuck it in your pocket. Let it be a promise to your heart that one day you will open to life’s joy. One day you will be so filled with it that every cell of your body will sing.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how. You can learn. And it’s not a matter of hit and miss anymore either. The ways are known and proven.
In a few short weeks, I’ll be launching another blog with tools you can use to release more happiness into your life. For now, just be kind to yourself. You’re not hopeless. Far from it. You’re a magnificent being, living in a breathtakingly beautiful world. It’s just a matter of seeing it, of knowing that it’s the truth. That’s what I’m trying to share with you in these little daily essays—how beautiful it is, how wondrous, and funny, and glorious, and easy, and glad. And most of all, how full of love it is. And that love is singing a dawn song to you right now, to paint your sky with joy, and to bring you the gift of waking to happiness.