A friend called me up one night and told me she would be in town the next day with her little daughter. I hadn’t seen the baby since she was a newborn, so I was excited for the visit. The next day I went to work and waited for the call to pick them up at the airport. When I hadn’t received a call by lunch time, I began to get antsy. Why hadn’t she called? Did I get all excited for nothing?
I soldiered on through the day. Right before quitting time, my friend called to say she was already at the hotel. My mood soared. No sooner had I put down the phone, my boss turned to me and said she was glad my mood changed because I had been looking depressed. Really? I thought I was carrying on as usual. Just goes to show how your external circumstances can affect your mood.
One phone call changed everything . . . or did it? Nothing really changed for me except I was going to visit a friend. I had the same life as before, but my mind acted as a kind of placebo and made fast and loose with the happy messengers—serotonin, noradrenalin, and dopamine.
If I had more control over my mind, my thoughts, my consciousness–I could feel good all the time and not just on special occasions. I’ve
obsessed ruminated over this for years, but I’m not the only one.
I believe the keys to happiness are locked away in our minds. With the right tools and some training anyone can live a better life once you control negative thoughts, stress less, have a positive attitude, become more intuitive—you get the picture. When the student is ready the teacher will appear, and there are many good teachers out there.
We have far more control over our lives than we’re led to believe.
If you’ve made it this far down the page, I guess you deserve to know a little bit about me. On a personal note, I’m a quirky alone (divorced), introverted, camera shy, displaced Yankee living in the capital of the confederacy. I love God, poodles, Pad Thai with shrimp, fish tacos, and my VitaMix.