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Come on, get happy

September 2, 2008

There are days when a song, or even a couple lines from a song, repeat continuously in my head.  Today’s song is “Get Happy.”

Here are (some of) the lyrics in case you don’t know them.

Forget your troubles
Come on get happy
You better chase all you cares away
Shout halleuja
Come on get happy
Get ready for the judgment day

The sun is shining
Come on get happy
The lord is waiting to take your hand
Shout halleuja
Come on get happy
We’re going to the promised land

On paper, I’ve got the perfect life.  And yet…my life feels like a house of cards.  Collapse is inevitable.  And I keep thinking it’ll be a personal meltdown that causes the collapse.

So far, I’ve warded off a meltdown with more naps, semi-frequent tears during long and heartfelt prayers pleading for help, and a great deal more work.  I’m great at work, and more time there makes it even better.  It can’t hurt to pray, and sometimes the peace I feel after praying is the only thing that makes me able to get up in the morning.  And all this stress at the impending collapse of my life is really exhausting, so naps seem necessary.

And yet, nothing has provided a long term solution.  The more time I spend at work or napping, the more I shirk other responsibilities and miss out on fun activities that may give me happiness.  My prayers get me through the morning, but I’m feeling terrible again by the end of the day.

So how do I conquer these feelings rather than feebly warding them off?  Is it as simple as just saying, “Come on, get happy?”

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