“Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!” Auntie Mame pronounces. “Live!” she urges her mousy assistant, Agnes Gooch.
I’ve seen the film Auntie Mame about twenty times. Mame is my inspiration, my ideal: well traveled, fearless, indomitable—and, of course, impossibly chic. But at times, in the past, I’ve felt more like an Agnes Gooch. Picking at the crumbs. Hungry.
I’m thinking I’m not alone in this. Sometimes we all need to be reminded that there is seat at the table waiting for us.
Life is a banquet, bountiful and beautiful, but the current state of the world (or I should say the state our newsfeeds show us), appears dire, and many of us feel a sense of crisis coming on. It’s not easy to feel joyful and positive when we’re being fed negativity every day on social media. Sure, it might very well be that we are about to enter a difficult time for the world. But does that mean we have to curl up in a ball, like Agnes, afraid of life? Is it possible to feel happy and safe even if the world seems to be falling down around us?
Actually, yes. Happiness is a choice because true happiness is unconditional.
What if this year, you decided to take your seat at the banquet, to be an unstoppable Auntie Mame full of life? What if we all decided this? Imagine hundreds of thousands of people all choosing to believe that this year was going to be the year for change, growth, health, prosperity, happiness. This would positively affect what we share on Facebook, talk about with our friends, and would spread the idea of a new year filled with plenty. It could impact not only our lives, but the world.
Why is the negative more truth than the positive? A strong, positive collective mind is, like Auntie Mame, unstoppable.
Your Mind is the Key to Your Happiness
How you see the world, how you see your life, is absolutely up to you. It’s as simple as a choice. You can choose to buy into the news headlines declaring doom, or you can tune out the noise, the negativity, and focus on your life.
Start with you. Tell yourself this is your year. This is your year. Begin and end each day with this thought. During the day, stay present in the moment, monitor your thoughts, and do whatever you can to guard against negative news and images, negative people, negative ideas. Six weeks in, you’ll notice a change in how you see your life, the world. Six months in, you may feel a real shift in your life: more things will go your way; opportunities will knock. You will feel more empowered to take on the problems of the world, more at peace, too. And, yes, happier.
You can retrain your mind. It takes discipline and commitment—and a laser focus on an idea: This is my year. Whatever you want for yourself, your family‚ will happen this year because your mind will make it so. All you need to do is set your goals, make your to-do lists, and start. Me, I’ve put my ass squarely on my seat at the banquet this year.
So, are you Mame or Agnes? This is your year—if you want it to be. I’ll hold your seat at the table. Live!
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