I’ve been tested.
And the test reveals a personality that wants everyone I know to be happy. According to the results, I am warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. I am highly attuned to the emotions and needs of others. I find potential in everyone. I thrive when I’m able to make things right for others. I am genuinely interested in the feelings of others.
And because I want the happiness of others, even above my own, I will let others chose where to go, what to do, or what to eat. When they’re happy, I’m happy.
Well, except for olives. If they want olives in or on food, then I will most certainly voice a robust objection.
And because I want happiness for all, I have this urge, as much as is within me, to help make that happen, to fix the broken, to lighten the load, to alleviate the struggle, to buoy the spirit, to light a candle against darkness.
This is who I am. Someone who yearns for the happy. My personality profile also suggests someone who gets deeply involved in other people’s problems, trying too hard to not offend or disappoint anybody.
Sometimes that’s good. Sometimes not.
So, it was interesting this month when I tracked which daily post on my Happy Day Moment Facebook Page received the most activity. It was this:
It’s God’s job, not mine, to draw, touch and heal hearts.
Lots of you agreed. Not surprising. I wrote that sentence one day when my heart was in a certain fatiguing place as a reminder that, ultimately, all this happy business is in God’s hands. Not mine.
And because my personality finds it natural and easy (sometimes) to communicate ideas and opinions, these are my other Echoes of November’s posts (#happydaymoment):
- Grateful eyes can see grace and goodness, even in complicated and thorny packages.
- Be kind and patient and forgiving to old people. And to children. And to teenagers. Oh, just be that way to everyone.
- You should do what you know is right regardless what others do or say.
- You must choose to love, even when the other person’s faults make you crazy. Choose love. Choose forgiveness and grace.
- Living a life of gratitude is living out what we were created to do.
- Giving thanks always and in everything is the only way to live through whatever comes before us.
- Seek to have powers of love and forgiveness and you’ll be super.
- Love those who treat you right. Pray for those who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy.
- Faith becomes significant in adversity. Sorry. That’s just the way it works.
- Reach out and make someone’s day a bit brighter. We all need encouragement.
- God will resurrect good things out of this. Hold on.
- Show kindness to one another. God will show you how.
- Hold your head high. Keep joy in your heart. Let your light shine.
- Whatever fills you nurtures you replenishes you is worth fitting into your day.
- The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
- Be brave. Look at this stuff in your life and declare: You will not defeat me.
- Choose to embrace who you are. Release the stress that comes from always trying to prove your worth to others and to yourself.
- From the fullness of God’s grace we receive one blessing after another.
- God’s up to something good in your life. Even when you’re hurting.
- I am wrong. You are wrong. Why can’t we just hug and make up? Life is short.
- God’s grace and blessings are never in short supply.
- Patience can lead to all kinds of strength and many blessings. If we can wait and let it.
- We need each other. Life’s just better that way.
I’m always glad to hear from you about which post touched your life….