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Comments for Finding Joy in Times of Adversity http://jackryser.com Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:04:06 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Comment on What I Learned from a Homeless Man and My Dog by Allyso Egbert http://jackryser.com/?p=376#comment-1465 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:04:06 +0000 http://jackryser.com/?p=376#comment-1465 Great stuff jack. Aside from there being souls in the world who do not get enough love…..There are not enough of us posting wothwhile blogs like yours. Thanks for making a positive impsct. Wish you well. Allyson

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Comment on How I Got Here by jryser http://jackryser.com/?p=1#comment-461 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 23:59:20 +0000 http://jackryser.com/?p=1#comment-461 Thank you for taking some time to visit my site and read my article. It is a very personal story and sometimes I question whether it reveals too much about myself. Ultimately though, I believe people can learn great things from the experiences of others, and I will share my voice and see if it helps. Thanks again. Jackson

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Comment on How I Got Here by Lauralee http://jackryser.com/?p=1#comment-460 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 08:48:48 +0000 http://jackryser.com/?p=1#comment-460 What an inspirational story Jack! I’m looking forward to reading your book! God bless!!

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Comment on Is Happiness a Choice? by Bill Meyers http://jackryser.com/?p=345#comment-410 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:10:41 +0000 http://jackryser.com/?p=345#comment-410 Great article Jack. Happiness is greatly affected by our choices. But can we simply choose to be happy? I agree with you happiness is not something that can simply be chosen. That is not the nature of happiness. Happiness is more like a culmination of events, more of a culmination of choices, more of a contentment with the choices in your life. Can you choose to look at the positive, can you choose to love, and can you choose to forgive? Yes, all of us can start making these choices today. Many people wait for something to make them happy or search for something that will “make” them happy. This will never occur, we make our own happiness. By itself the comment “we make our own happiness” is ridiculous. What I mean by that is we try to find peace or contentment regardless of what may be happening to us or around us. I am very happy in my life…do I have disappointments and frustrations? Of course; Among other things I am very hard on myself and get discouraged at times by the expectations I place on myself, yet I understand that this life is a challenge, it is a struggle (I believe it is designed to be that way) but I also can see many, many blessings in my life. I rely heavily on my faith and understand that all things happen for a purpose. I look to find the lessons to be learned by hardship and how to increase my understanding of the purpose of this life. I do believe in higher powers and clearer perspectives and try to align myself with these sources. As I analyze the events that have occurred in my life, I of course can see and remember all the negative occurrences, yet I choose to focus on those things that I consider to be great blessings. I never take important things for granted. Things like faith, family, friendships. I try hard to cultivate these relationships and serve these people. I strive for change every day and push myself to be a better person. It’s hard work, but very rewarding and always worth the effort.

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Comment on Is Happiness a Choice? by Terri http://jackryser.com/?p=345#comment-408 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 03:47:58 +0000 http://jackryser.com/?p=345#comment-408 Does happiness require we be happy all the time? I think not? I am not happy all the time, yet I find happiness in everything around me. It is a perception. If I choose to find and do uplifting things which gives me happiness then yes that is a choice, yet I believe happiness is a feeling, state of being, the can not be chosen. I don’t choose to be happy. I make choices that produces happiness. Sort of like a baby’s laughter. When a baby laughs, those around smile and feel something, even to the point of laughing themselves. Did any one choose to find that happiness, no, it just happened as a consequence of how the baby’s laughter was felt or perceived. I don’t always have to think or have happy thoughts every moment to be happy.

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Comment on Is Happiness a Choice? by jryser http://jackryser.com/?p=345#comment-407 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 03:02:07 +0000 http://jackryser.com/?p=345#comment-407 I think there are some semantics involved in what I am saying. Certainly happiness does require a choice to be made. I do think that the moment we are passive in that choice we lose control of our own happiness. We must take steps which require action. Now, I was on anti-depressants for 13 years and they did help and, in fact, I consider them a great blessing; but until I took the action I outline (and some others) I was never really happy. I don’t take prozac anymore and I am almost always happy, yet my life is as challenging as ever. I believe it is because I took control of my happiness.

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Comment on Is Happiness a Choice? by jryser http://jackryser.com/?p=345#comment-406 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 02:56:27 +0000 http://jackryser.com/?p=345#comment-406 Do you really think people are happy avoiding risk, laying low, and navigating life without a dent? That sounds like fear-based living to me. Now, don’t misunderstand, I don’t think we all should be out thrill seeking, but I do think we should all be out pursuing passions that are meaningful to us individually. That may be bungee jumping for some and reading a good book to others. The key is to be willing to take the risk, knowing that there is great joy there.

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Comment on Is Happiness a Choice? by Michael Stack http://jackryser.com/?p=345#comment-405 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 02:17:25 +0000 http://jackryser.com/?p=345#comment-405 I like this article and your 7 steps to Happiness. Your right I think most people can’t just say “OK I’m going to be happy now” but they can choose to perhaps take steps toward happiness. There is a choice involved along with some self-realization. A good first step would be to simply choose to do the things that make you happy or give you joy.

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Comment on Is Happiness a Choice? by Spencer http://jackryser.com/?p=345#comment-404 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 02:17:19 +0000 http://jackryser.com/?p=345#comment-404 I think the beginning of the process, for me, is to determine what does happiness mean for me? Its been defined as an emotional state of being that ranges from contentment to intense joy. Some are happy being content by avoiding risk, laying low, and navigating life without a dent. Others find happiness in taking risk and challenging themselves to areas of growth and development. Whether you’re a monk or an adrenaline junkie, I think happiness is very subjective. You’re right though. We currently occupy our place in life based on a series of our choices. Do we make the ones that bring us happiness is the challenge?

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Comment on How I Got Here by Laurie McKay http://jackryser.com/?p=1#comment-403 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 02:16:56 +0000 http://jackryser.com/?p=1#comment-403 Great article, Jack, I agree with you that it takes several different choices, along with follow the follow through, to be truly happy.
I think that we tend to rush through life. This means we also rush through our conversations, which often limits our communication. Rather than taking the time to tell people what truly makes me happy, I will say it’s “a” choice, rather than explain that it’s a way of life, made up of several choices that I make each and every day.
You have included some great suggestions that I’ve found worked for me. Great job!

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