The Pursuit of Happiness
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Tonight while writing in my brand new Hot Pink prayer journal, I reflected on 2008 and was praying about my resolutions for 2009...so I decided to share a few of the excerpts from my journal entry on this blog.
Last year was such a roller coaster for me, and my closest SP friends were right there to support and/or cheer me on at every turn.
I had a few LOW moments like...
...the passing of my very best friend in the whole wide world
...having to lay off almost 1/3 of our workforce and
...the "electric slide" that my weight did up and down the scale
Then I had so many HIGH moments, like...
...me being used as a testimonial in the Core Rhythms infomercial
...my opportunity to be in the audience at the Oprah Winfrey Show as well as the communications that I had with two of her senior producers about my quest for the RED DRESS
...still being gainfully employed with a roof over my head, clothes on my back and food on the table
...all is well with my family
...witnessing my Mom (DDROSE) as she successfully achieved one of her major weight loss goals
...teaching Sunday School again
...having my vote to count towards the election of the first African-American President of the United States--President-Elect Barack Obama
BUT the number one highlight for me took place on the night of New Year's Eve.
I could've brought the New Year in at one of the big parties that was taking place in the city or stayed home and threw a party for one...but instead I felt the need to go to Watch Night Service at the church that my Godchildren attend.
Before midnight, my five-year old Goddaughter who rarely lets me hug, kiss or even look at her crawled up into my lap and fell fast asleep in my arms. As I held her, I felt such a sense of joy, peace and comfort that is difficult to describe. She had the sweetest smile on her face and watching her sleep helped me to:
* See the purpose and the lessons in 2008's ups and downs;
* Put the events of life into perspective and reminded me of what's truly important...the pursuit of happiness.
In 2009, YES I want to be fabulous, fit, fine and at my final goal weight, YES I want either the original or a replica of Oprah's RED DRESS, YES I want to be at my financial goal, YES I want to spend more quality time with my loved ones (i.e. family, friends and SPARK friends) but more importantly I want to focus on pursuing happiness and the only way I can do that is to focus more on God and His purpose for me.
Good and not so good things will happen as long as we continue to live, but God is faithful and He never forgets a promise.
So I am anxious to see what 2009 holds not only for me, but for all of us...I have a feeling that if we concentrate on the pursuit of happiness...we're all going to be fully satisfied!!!
"Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them! Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully!"
Matthew 5: 4,6 Today's English Version