Saturday, June 10, 2017
Happiness Will Come In Waves (Ride The Waves).
Hello once again my friends! It's your guy Brad H. back once again, and I'd like to welcome everyone to another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! As usual, I hope that everyone has been doing pretty good as of late. We've arrived at another week, and I'm back to give my perspective on a topic that I've been thinking about as of late. One of the common themes of this blog has been me talking about the NBA playoffs on the little soapbox that I've given myself on here. So the NBA Finals have been taking place since the last post. As of now, the Cleveland Cavaliers managed to win game 4 and stay alive. In the last post that I wrote, I mentioned how I felt like the Warriors having Kevin Durant on their team in my opinion would put them over the top. That has definitely been the case so far. Durant has been playing like an absolute madman in this years' playoffs, and that especially applies in the finals this year. That said, I want to give my opinion real quick on the whole "super-team" argument that so many people have with Durant joining the Warriors. I like Kevin Durant, and while I do believe that going to Golden State somewhat taints this championship that they are likely to win, I think it is wrong for people to constantly criticize his decision to go there. In my opinion, this whole star players teaming up with other star players to form super-teams started with LeBron James when he decided to go to the Miami Heat. While James did take some heat for his decision, I don't feel that he has taken as much as Durant. I'm personally not a fan of stars teaming with other stars, and I feel it depreciates the game due to lack of competition. However, if people are going to go at Durant, they need to acknowledge that LeBron was the one that started this trend. That's just how I feel about it. Alright, now that I rambled for a bit longer than normal, lets go ahead and talk about this week's topic of happiness.
As with the usual disclaimer that I give on every single topic that I talk about for the week, I want to say that we all have different thoughts, ideas, and opinions. The objective here isn't to focus on what is considered to be right or wrong, but rather to inspire and encourage others to see the topic at hand in a manner that they may normally wouldn't. It's okay if we happen to disagree, or if what I write about doesn't pique others interest. All feedback and opinions that anyone may have on this or any of the other topics I talk about are welcome here. Now as for how this topic came to be, I would mainly credit it to being something that I've been thinking about as of late. It is also something that has become a pretty frequent topic of discussion in some of the conversations that I've had with family members as of late. Besides that, I watched a Youtube video a few nights ago where someone that I can't even remember who it was at this moment was talking about something similar to this. The culmination of all that sparked something within me that told me to come on and talk about this for a bit. As always, anything that I say on here applies to me also. I'm far from perfect, however, I do strive to be one of those people that don't just go around trying to drop advice to others that I don't at the very least heed my own self. The mentality here isn't to judge or condemn, but to rather encourage and inspire if inspiration is needed.
Now this particular topic is one that I've talked about on here before. However, just with anything else in life, there is always new and fresh takes that allow us to explore a topic in a different way. Now as I stated earlier, the majority of us are seeking happiness in life. Happiness is a very good thing right? Now I've already established that I believe happiness is a choice, but despite me having that belief, I know that it is extremely hard to be happy all the time. You can be having the best day in the world right? Things can be going your way for the time being, and then it can all change in an instant. You could receive some bad news that something happened to someone you care for, or you could maybe find out that you have a life changing illness that will affect your quality of life. Hearing things like this aren't going to make you happy at all right? Even if you're having the best day in the world, your mood will change receiving this kind of news. Now this way of thinking is totally subjective to the individual and how they react to receiving bad news. However, I think it is fairly safe to assume that regardless of how well you handle bad news, finding it out isn't going to make you feel good. So how exactly does this relate to the riding the waves of happiness? Well, it is my belief that because happiness comes and goes, we have to be willing to ride those those waves while they're happening.
Okay, now you're probably saying to yourself; "Brad H. what do you mean ride the waves while they're happening?" It's pretty much a comparison to how surfers ride waves when they're surfing. I've never been a surfer, but we all know how surfers excel when they're surfing on smoother waves of water. Then they have those instances where a huge wave comes in and knocks them off of their surfboard. For those of us that aren't surfers, those big waves that knock us off are similar to the unpredictable issues that come our way in life. My thing is that when I say we have to ride the waves of happiness, I'm saying that we have to appreciate and be grateful for those times. We have to be able to see them for what they really are, which are moments. Moments come and go in life, and one moment that you have may be something that you never get another chance to experience. For example, imagine that you've won an award at school or work for something that you excelled in, and you're going to be honored for your achievement. The award that you receive is something that you will be able to treasure for the rest of your life, but being honored is something that happens in the moment. Unless it happens again, that is likely a moment that you will never get back. This is why it is so important to us to live in the moment as much as possible. Moments are similar to quick sparks and flashes; they come and they go.
So how exactly do we ride the waves of happiness? From my perspective, I think it is first important to acknowledge that we'll probably never experience happiness all the time. I think the most we can hope for is to make as much happiness for ourselves as we possibly can. This means trying to have more happy moments than bad ones. Secondly, riding the waves to me means being grateful and showing gratitude for all the good things in life. There are many of us that say that we're grateful to be alive, yet we often complain about how hard our lives are. Yes life is definitely hard at times, but we often focus too much on the bad, rather than being grateful for the good. If you woke up to see a new day, you likely have eyes, ears, etc, which means that you are able to see and hear. Think of all the people out there that can't see or hear and wish they were able to. Think of all the people that are in wheelchairs and will never walk about. See the point that I'm trying to make here is that happiness comes from being grateful for life regardless of how big or small the moments are. So lets try to ride those waves of happiness, because just like anything else in life, they will come and go. The quote that I'm going to leave you all with comes courtesy of emcee stic.man from the group Dead Prez. On his album "The Workout", there's a song called Yoga Mat. He says something at the end of that song that I love. The lyric goes; "Ride the waves and let them pass, don't cling, be detached."
Well I have arrived at the end of another post. I ended up getting this one out later than normal due to a family related emergency yesterday, but I wanted to be sure to finish this since I started it. Thank you all once again for stopping by the another edition of 'Brad H.'s Perspective'! Like always, I hope there was some meaning and understanding that could be gained from this topic. In the event that wasn't the case for you, your visit and feedback is still welcome and appreciated. I hope you all have a great weekend, and hope you're able to do something fun. There is a lot of bad in the world, but there is so much beauty out there too. Lets try to enjoy it as much as possible. Alright, I'm out everyone, so I'll see you all in the next one. Till then, I wish you all peace and happiness. See you all soon!
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