#DIS Series

So you might be thinking WHAT IS DIS?! (pun intended AHAHAHA) Well, let me start from the beginning! #storytime

Last Wednesday, I had the great pleasure of listening to Hugh from The Resilience Project talk about ways to be happier and I have to admit, I really needed a reminder that life isn’t all that bitter. In fact, it’s a beautiful giant mess – captivating and intriguing, all at the same time.

Over the last few months as the temperatures plummeted and the beautiful sunshine we once had got whisked away, I have been feeling a little under the weather and just bummed with life in general. I know we’ve all been there, those days where peeling yourself off the duvets felt like rocket science as you dragged your lifeless soul into the kitchen for yet another day. We often complain and fixate on the bad things in life; like the bad coffee you picked up on the way to work, the Metro being delayed or even a poor test mark. We hone in on these lesser part of our lives and fail to see the brighter things – the silver lining. I believe that everything happens for a reason and everyone in your life has a purpose, – be it to teach you to be stronger or to be there for you at every step of the way. Some way or another, there is a reason. And maybe we’ll never find out what that reason is, maybe we’ll realise 10 years down the road, who knows? I’ve learnt that we can’t control life, we can only control how we react to it and today, I choose to be happy.

Now I know I know, it’s not that simple! I can’t just bounce out of bed one day and ‘decide’ to be happy, life isn’t all that easy! This is where Hugh came in and where I got inspired to start the #DIS series. Hugh is a teacher who volunteers in underprivileged schools in Sri Lanka and holds a mission to spread the secret to happiness within Australia. One day, he met a boy who, despite having the greatest odds stacked against him at the mere age of 10, had the biggest heart and the kindest soul. He had this habit where he would point to things that, no matter how small, made him happy and said “dis” with a smile that was capable of sending warmth through the coldest soul. He didn’t have much, but he was still happy. He didn’t have a roof under his head, but he always has a smile on his face. Not enough to eat, but always with a hand ready to help. It wasn’t much, but it was enough.

In essence, this little man held the secret to happiness – the constant reminder of the good in life. It didn’t matter that he was an orphan, because to him, at least he has the opportunity to live. It didn’t matter that he didn’t have cutting edge facilities to study in, at least he has a place to call his school. It didn’t matter, because at least he had something, and that was enough.

In contrast, we have everything they can ever dream of and more, but why aren’t we content? Why are we constantly drowned in sorrow and worry when we should be thanking our lucky stars?

And this brings me to the DIS series. The DIS series will be a dedication to the little man who managed to show me what it’s like to be happy even when life kicks you to the ground. Everyday for the next month, I’ll be posting three things that went well under the  tag #DIS. It can include anything from the randomest of things like a gorgeous flower you saw or the smell of a new candle! Just as long as it made you feel happy, lucky and content. Feel free to join in lovelies! 😀 Let the hashtag DIS run wild and free!! 

I know it’s not going to be easy, especially on days where everything just feels wrong but I know in the end, it’s going to be worth it.

Without further ado, today’s #DIS:

  • A hug from my best friend
  • Got to know a friend better
  • This project

Till next time, with love.

theotherside97 xx


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