This wellness Wednesday, I want to talk to you about one of the most important wellness issues of all- happiness.
While the idea of what makes one happy may be a litte different for all of us, I’d like to share a few important, and I’d say often overlooked, thoughts about it.
I will be sharing directly from the late great teacher Jim Rohn.
As I read these words this morning, I thought about you.
I thought about my life, my calling, my own pursuit of happiness and how my mission helps others too.
Enjoy this short excerpt:
HAPPINESS (from Jim Rohn’s 7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness)
Happiness embraces the universal quest. It’s a joy that usually accompanies positive activity.
Like wealth, however, it, too, has a variety of often contradictory meanings. It’s both the joy of discovery and the joy of knowing. It often accompanies those who are fully aware of the colors, sounds, and harmony of life.
And it’s the joy that comes to those who painstakingly design their lives and then live them with artistry.
Happiness is the skill of reacting to the offerings of life by perception and by enjoyment.
It’s achieved by both giving and receiving, reaping and bestowing. It’s being able to feast on harmony as well as food, on ideas as well as bread.
Happiness comes to those who deliberately expand their horizons and experiences.
It resides in the houses of those who have the ability to handle disappointment without losing their sense of well-being. It belongs to those who are in control of both their circumstances and their emotions.
Happiness is also the freedom from the negative children of fear such as worry, low self-esteem, envy, greed, resentment, prejudice, and hatred.
Those who experience happiness often have a grasp on and an awareness of the tremendously positive power of life and love.
But happiness is more than a general feeling.
It is also a method of thinking that organizes feelings, activities, and lifestyle. In other words, it’s a way of interpreting the world and its events.
Happiness is having values in balance. It’s contentment with daily tasks, including those unpleasant chores from which few of us are free.
Happiness is a life well-lived and filled with people of substance. It’s a wide variety of experiences and memories that become priceless forms of currency to spend and to invest.
Happiness is activity with purpose. It’s love in practice. It’s both a grasp of the obvious and an awe of the mysterious.
The bolding is mine.
It makes me so happy that so much of what we do at KMMA is what Mr. Rohn is attributing happiness to.
Maybe that’s why so many students call it their happy place. 🙂
Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Founding Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts
About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commissioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.
The Krav MagaMartial Arts Headquarters is in Lutz, FL at 1900 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., 33549. Krav Maga Martial Arts serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and surrounding areas.
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