Charlie Brown Wisdom

“The smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is perfect. It means I appreciate what I have and what I have been blessed with. I choose to be happy.” Charlie Brown via Charles Schultz

When I was in high school, my Aunt Lucy sent me Charles Schultz’s book Happiness Is a Warm Puppy which was published in 1962. I’ve always loved Charlie Brown and friends. To many of you, happiness is literally a dog or other pet. Of course that faithful, beloved pet doesn’t solve all of your problems or erase all of your hurts but he/she does put a smile on your face and that’s a big step towards having joy in your life.

Sometimes people assume “smiley people” are either faking it or have a “perfect” life. Sometimes they are faking it, sometimes life is really good, sometimes they are simply choosing to be happy despite their life circumstances.

Affirmation: I choose to be happy.

Coaching question: What do you choose to be? How is that working for you?

One thought on “Charlie Brown Wisdom

  1. Not quite on topic, but I have 3 prayers for aging. 1. I recognize when it is time for me to quit driving and that I give up my keys and my car without outside pressure and before I hurt myself or someone else. 2. If I go to live in a senior living facility, I go without placing a guilt trip on my family for placing me there. and 3. I’m the happy old lady in that facility. Knowing that medications sometimes affect ones attitude, I’m praying that I can work around that and be the happy person sitting in that wheelchair. I’ve recently added a 4th prayer. I’ve told me son that he is in charge of making sure that the hair on my chin is shaved so that I don’t have a hairy chin while sitting in that chair. It is the smile in #3 that I feel is on topic today.


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