A perfect stranger looked at me and gave me a bit of a smile and as she passed me she stopped and said, “You look happy.”
Now people are always in a hurry to tell me to smile or cheer up or not to look so glum but never has anyone told me that I look happy. And when she said it and I thought about it I realized she’d seen the truth.
I don’t think I realized it because I haven’t been happy in very long time. And people keep saying things like you can choose to be happy and happiness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I believed them because I was unhappy and I wanted to believe them. But right in the here and now I can say I know that my happiness has a lot to do with my circumstances. It’s not a state of mind I can just will myself into but I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts. One thing I know for sure is that nothing lasts forever.