The key to happiness is few opinions. The more opinions we have, the less happy we are. The people who know everything have no idea of how to be happy. See everything, judge nothing, be happy. Compassion and grace leave things as they are until it becomes necessary to make changes. And then, they act with compassion and grace to change what must be changed as it should be changed, when it is time to be changed, and everyone is blessed without knowing how or why. Those who know, live organically, authentically, genuinely, from their heart, out of their original nature and transform the world without making waves or stirring up dust. Because their actions are in sync with time and place, things are changed without force or show, and no one knows anything happened. Living sincerely in response to what needs to be done-- without contrivance, manipulation or agendas-- is appropriate to every occasion, and as unremarkable as "Bless you," is to a sneeze. Just seeing, just hearing, just knowing, just doing-- without judgment or opinion, designs or contrivance-- with nothing to gain and nothing to lose, serves the good of the moment without doing anything out of the ordinary, and everything is as it should be, apparently of itself, as magically as water finding its way to the sea.
We generally perpetuate our moods by giving them more attention than they deserve. Moods come and go throughout each day. Triggers and buttons are everywhere. Something is always setting us off, stirring complexes to life, generating moods, producing states of mind, sending us into spirals, up or down depending on the context, instigating drug or alcohol use to celebrate or escape the emotional whirl-- because we can't just let the mood pass with a nod of recognition and go on about our business. Our moods have their business, and we have ours. They are like emotional memories we will never outlive, and we can acknowledge that without allowing them to ransack what remains to be lived. Perhaps, we honor them with a few minutes of silence, acknowledging their right to exist, because we have been in some places we are glad to no longer be, but letting them have the run of our life permits them to hijack us and haul us back to times we left for good reason. We say, "Thanks for the reminder-- I'm glad things are different now," and turn our focus to what needs to be done here and now, moving back into our day.