August 31, 2014
I am just about caught up on my A to Z Challenge. Today is the letter “H.” After today, I will be posting a letter a week every Tuesday, beginning with September 2 and the letter “I.” Now, however, on to Happiness…
Lest you get the wrong idea, dear Readers, I absolutely loved my time in the Middle East. As I previously stated, I fell in love with the people, the culture, even the language. I was never so happy as when I was in Abu Dhabi. Okay, so a few things I had difficulty understanding. However, I never had any difficulty accepting those things. What I had trouble accepting, was that I had happiness.
I have never wanted to travel. Although I am grateful for having been blessed to be a world traveler (even just for a short time), it was never on my bucket list. So why I decided to go teach in the Middle East is something I’m still trying to piece together. It really is a combination thing: a little bit of this, of that, and that. I do know that things within me, or about me changed. For example, I believe and accept that happiness is a choice. I know, who didn’t know that, right? But how many of us accept that? Well, I’m certainly not going to start calling people out, but…
I certainly didn’t want to accept it. I didn’t want to take the responsibility for my own happiness, certainly not when there were so many external factions I could blame. We, dear Readers, I can and do accept that I choose happiness. And, I choose to be happy. That may not seem like a big deal. However, had you known me 6 months before I left the U.S., you would know what an almost miracle it is to even see me function as an adult, much less accepting truths I had all but forgotten existed.
I do not want to dwell, but, I also do not want to gloss over this point: I choose happiness. What took root in the U.S., grew in the U.A.E., and subsequently, had time to flower in Guam. I just threw some of you for a loop, right? In March 2013, during spring break at Amrah Bint, I flew to Guam to visit my daughter and son-in-law. I am not going to bore you with any more blah, blah, blah. I am just going to introduce a visual of my Happiness from my days in Guam, March 2013. Please, enjoy, I did. Peace, ~v.