Which Will You Choose This Week?

A couple months ago I shared the story of my daughter scoffing incredulously at the idea that I would call myself a “happy” person. That was hard for me to hear because most of the time I feel happy and optimistic on the inside, but it seems that the people who live with me every day — and those who are most precious to me — end up absorbing the stressed out, unhappy moments instead.

I hope you’re not tired of hearing about my efforts to live and embrace joy this year, because I’m still thinking about both a lot. I have a feeling this year will be a banner year in my life, and I hope the things I’m learning and striving for will characterize my life moving forward.

For the past few months, I’ve been collecting quotes on the type of life I want to lead, starting with the one I got tattooed on my wrists.

As we start a new week, I’m going to keep these top of mind and practice choosing happiness. Will you join me?

“Love to live. Live to love.”
~Amy Carmichael

“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”
~Mary Oliver

“What’s your favorite thing about your mother?”
“She loves life more than anyone I’ve ever known. I hope she doesn’t mind me telling you this, but recently she’s had some health problems. And her health got so bad at one point, she called me and said: ‘I was starting to wonder if there was any reason to go on. But then I had the most delicious pear!’”
~Photo caption from Humans of New York

“I begin to suspect that the world is divided not only into the happy and the unhappy, but into those who like happiness and those who, odd as it seems, really don’t.”
~C.S. Lewis

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”
~Gilbert K. Chesterton

P.S. This trick is still working for us when somebody’s feeling grumpy.

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.
  • JoAnn C.

    This keeps me going on especially challenging days it’s from the movie Auntie Mame, (don’t know if this is a direct quote, but it’s close), “…you’ve got to live, live, live…life is a banquet and there are some poor suckers out there starving to death…” Personally, Mandi, I try never to go to bed hungry.

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      I LOVE that, JoAnn — such a great word picture! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Bethany

    I like all those quotes. :)

  • Katie Engebretsen

    Great quotes. Really struggling with everything this year, so I probably won’t get sick of your posts on choosing joy.

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      I’m sorry this is a rough year for you, Katie! (((Hugs)))

  • http://myoverflowingcup.com Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    I’m loving your posts on choosing joy and happiness because times are tough for us, financially speaking. If I don’t make a concerted effort to focus on my blessings, I can let the stress of things bring me down. It takes effort and intention on a daily basis. Reading about your journey is encouraging so thank you for sharing your heart with us.

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      Thanks so much for sharing a bit of your story and ALWAYS being encouraging, Heather! I’m glad that my journey to (re)discovering the joy of life has been an encouragement to you as well!