Early this morning when I had finished my morning chores and just sat down to read the first newspaper of the day, I got a phone call from a friend and on hearing my cheerful greeting he asked me “how can you be so disgustingly cheerful this early in the day?”.
Okay, I confess that I am disgustingly cheerful not only early in the mornings but in all the telephone calls that I receive.
Anyway, my being always cheerful whether on the phone or on a face to face meeting, is often misunderstood as being happy. I confess that I am as human as the next person and can experience sadness, melancholy, joy, frustration and just about every other emotion that everyone experiences. I simply refuse to let whatever is bugging me at that point of time come out and spoil the mood of the other person/s. My good friend Ramesh has given me the nickname Swamiji and insists on calling me by that only, because he says that I am always cheerful! He is still to come to grips with my explanation that I am just eudaimoniac! I don’t know if that word is correct and I am ready to be corrected.
Martin Seligman calls that state of mind as “Flourishing”.
Anita, Have I annoyed you enough?