As I was thinking about an Easter message, I was already getting early Easter greetings from a variety of others. All of them started with the word “Happy.” And I started thinking, Why do we say “merry” at Christmas and “happy” at Easter? Are we wishing something different? On reflection, though, I realized that Christmas is the odd one out because we say “happy” for all the other special days too: birthdays, Halloween, etc. The bottom line: we wish each other happiness on special days.
More happiness than on other days? Maybe. Being together with family and friends, successfully hosting special events to mark the occasion, a break from day-to-day routine, appreciating the reason for marking the special occasion: all could give us a reason to be happier than otherwise.
But a good time, too, I think, to reflect on the happiness of life generally. [Regular readers of this blog will know that I believe happiness is a decision, not simply a reaction to circumstance.]
So with Easter approaching, I reflected on some of the things that are making me happy right now. To be honest, it’s been a bit of a rough week for me. I could be down. But life is so much bigger than the rough spots of the week.
I’m happy for my family, some of whom will come home to celebrate Easter; I’m happy for friends, with whom I can enjoy good times and who support me in the tough ones; I’m happy for the Easter message reminding us to celebrate new life (a message sharpened by my cleaning out of a garden plot last night); I’m happy for the longer days of Spring, the chance to enjoy more outdoor activities (and sometimes wake up to daylight); I’m happy for opportunities to get ahead in life and to exercise new initiatives, some of which I am diligently working on and can’t wait to announce; I’m happy for rent 2 own clients and their prospects of getting into their own homes; and I’m happy that 700 of you are reading this blog post.
What makes you reflect on happiness this Easter? Will your happiness be bigger than the holiday celebration?
Have a Happy Easter!
Rent 2 Own tip:
The start of an upward trend in the real estate market is one of the best times to get into rent 2 own because you can be more confident of having a good value purchase at the end of the term. This spring, the real estate market has gotten really hot, especially in Mission. With this renewed optimism, we are getting increased rent 2 own opportunities. But it is taking a little longer to get deals done because, by the time we can get in an offer on a property, which may be only days after it has been listed, it has sometimes already been snapped up by another buyer. It’s a problem, but a nice problem to have, because it’s an opportunity to create win-win-win outcomes.

Quote of the Week:

While the dreamers maintain the delusion that “all accidents are preventable,” the rest of us know that the bumps and challenges of life are necessary for learning, resilience and maturation. There can be no resilience without stress, and no learning without risk.
– Robert Long