“I’ll Be Happy When…”

happywhenJust look at my little baby’s face. He’s just miserable.

Crash doesn’t like bad weather or when his mom puts him in clothing. (But seriously, isn’t that an adorable Sherlock Holmes jacket?!)

Crash also doesn’t like wearing clothing in bad weather. You see, my baby shivers in the cold. So as his parent, I will provide (fashionable) warmth because I care. My dog has some serious swag and his wag, yo.

Do you know what else? Crash’s mom does not like waiting for him to poop and pee while he takes his sweet ole time in bad weather.

Do you see a trend?

Crash’s face says, “I’ll be happy when…I get out of this rain and this stupid jacket.”; while Crash’s mom thinks, “I’ll be happy when…Crash pees and poops already!”

There are so many, “I’ll be happy when…” moments in life. Some fashionable, some less fashionable. When I think, “I’ll be happy when…” I’m holding today’s joy prisoner. For example, I’ve thought, “I’ll be happy when I…lose weight, get married, get divorced, finish the term paper, have a baby, find the perfect job, work less, get paid more, get a new car, finish college, publish a book, a neighbor moves away, have a baby sleep through the night, get out of this traffic jam, get a new boss, have a bigger house, have shorter hair, have longer hair.” (I really could go on…)

“I’ll be happy when…” originates in my thoughts and soon enough is transferred to my face. Look at my baby face.

Not. Happy.

When I decided to take his picture and “LOL!”, my frown turned upside down.   I figured out how to smile in the rain.

Did you know just one thought could hold you prisoner to contempt when God created you to live in the freedom of content?

Don’t let your joy be held hostage with a, “I’ll be happy when…” because “I’ll be happy when…” handcuffs your joy radius range.  If you’re like me and struggle with “I’ll be happy when…”, I want you to remember life doesn’t always work out the way we planned, but it does always work out. Eventually.

Life and joy must go on while we wait. Don’t put your life or joy on hold. Own your own power. Acknowledge the gap and find how to smile in the rain.

When have you ever thought,”I’ll be happy when…”? Share your story and help someone else acknowledge their gap and turn their frown upside down.

Steph Fink is an inspirational speaker, writer and blogger with a passion to encourage women with practical principles for purposeful and powerful lives. Steph blogs at encouragedinheart.org and gives daily encouragement on her Encouraged in Heart Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Encouraged-in-Heart-Stephanie-Fink/109784452427205

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