I’ve had this video listed in my bookmarks for ages, I thought it was about time I posted it! I’ve never met anyone so full of happiness like Johnny Barnes or have ever felt that kind of happiness myself, but I absolutely admire the man for being true to himself, and living out whatever comes naturally to him. He’s clearly an inspiration and has a wonderful effect on his neighbourhood – what a lovely sweet man, and what dedication! ♥
What Happiness Is To Me
I completely agree with John Lennon’s statement about happiness, I felt like that too.
I wouldn’t call myself a happy smiley person, those big smiles I used to give for family photos in childhood were just because I was a good smiler!
I’m convinced the interpretation of happiness is very much down to each individual person as to what it means to them, no-one should fall into the trap of comparing themselves with others on levels of happiness. There are no rules or measurements in this life on how we should feel.
For me it’s not about having a smile on my face all the time or laughing a lot, but has more to do with eliminating negative thoughts that create clutter, and knowing that my mind is quiet and settled. I remember all too well as a teenager what it was like to have a turbulent mind, to be up high one day and down low the next.
I consider myself lucky I found determination to deal with unstable thinking at a young age. I dread to imagine what kind of person I would be now, if I hadn’t been able to analyse my thought patterns and turned my thinking in the right direction.
Share How You Feel
One thing that came across loud and clear to me in this film about Johnny Barnes was how important it is to be able to give something of ourselves to others. For Johnny it’s spreading his happy feeling because that’s what he’s full of. I wonder if he wasn’t able to be free to share his inner feelings if that would make him feel unhappy? But, maybe nothing can make that beaming man unhappy!
I’m sure keeping things we could share with others enclosed within ourselves is responsible for a lot of unhappiness in this world. We all need freedom to be who we actually are. If the only thing someone can do at this moment is share how miserable they feel, then perhaps they should do that. Making an effort to connect with others who are in the same place, has got to be better than not telling anyone at all. At least it’s being real, and I honestly believe being real is essential to human sanity and finding some kind of happiness. And maybe through that sharing, a better state of mind may eventually occur.
But if you are one of those naturally happy people, don’t forget to spread it far and wide like dear Johnny Barnes, it makes the world just a little more smiley!
Hoping you all have a happy Easter holiday!