rainbows and unicorns

People always ask me, “Why are you so happy all the dang time? Do you wake up like that? Are you always so annoying?” And the answer is yes. Especially to the last question.
You might be thinking, of course you’re happy – you ran away, you idiot. Not everybody’s life is all rainbows and unicorns. Some people have every right to complain. That’s the problem. You also have every right to be happy – no matter what’s going on in your life.
If you know me, you know things haven’t always been so good. As a matter of fact, my life has been pretty bleak at times – but that’s a story for another day. Mostly, though, I’ve been a happy go lucky kind of gal. Crazy, but true – because I learned something early on.
As long as I stayed in control of the way I spoke to myself I could control my mood. Did I want to feel worse or better? I always chose better.
But how can you be happy in not-so-happy times? Easy. You choose to be. Words and thoughts are powerful things. Sometimes the only things that we have control over. Choose them wisely.
No one has the power to change our attitude unless we give it to them.
Try this – start each day in a good mood. Before you get out of bed say out loud, “This is going to be a great day.” And mean it. You might not feel it at first, but keep at it. Practice. It might feel odd at first, but it beats the hell out of complaining before you even get out from under the covers. It also helps to have a pup, or three, to love on before you put your feet on the floor.
Before you know it, you start to believe it. When you believe it  – things start to change – and the easier it gets.
Don’t keep wishing that you could be happy – BE HAPPY.  You have the power to make it happen. Own it.


  1. Being happy is definitely a choice. I know also that through tough times I could have walked around sad and depressed but that would just make the day worse. Smile even when there is nothing to smile about. It does change your attitude and effects your health. Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration to us all. I love you!

  2. I finally got caught up on your post. I am so excited for you. I enjoyed your post.
    I look forward to reading more post.

  3. I am in Cheatham Co and would love to know if the MaryRuth in your story was my neighbor? How can I find out??

  4. So very true and has been a mantra of mine for many years. How proud to know you that so aptly demonstrates attitude and happiness every day and shouts it to the world!

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