Student Voice


May 27, 2024



Universe wants you to be happy

September 25, 2008

There are really only two conditions of the human mind: very, very happy or about to become very, very happy. Which are you today? I’m both.

A long-distance friend emailed me today with this message. Although this is a passage from the book “Notes from the Universe,” by author Mike Dooley, it struck me at a time I was feeling blue. We are only happy or will be happy.

For those who believe in fate, that all things happen for a reason, do you believe in the universe as your energy source? The powers that be want you to be successful. Your happiness is the goal of the universe, if it believes in goals. To be in sync with this universe is acknowledging the universe thrives on your dreams coming true.

Do you know your surroundings? The environment that your soul reaches out to for comfort, sustainability, prosperity; are you in sync with it? She tells me, “You can always tell an old soul by how friendly they are to trees.” Understand your earth. Understand that earth provides life for you and your friends. Love your earth.

Do you love your job? If not a job you have, do you love your school? These things provide you with the means of having the things you want and need. Care for these sources but do not dwell on them. Many tell me of their anxiety. They never learned in school or their jobs how to relax. First steps to relaxation: breathe, hang loose, enjoy and nothing will hurt.

“What inspired you this week?” she asked me. Only deadlines and politics filled my head this past week, so I thought. But why did I do the things I did? My actions were fueled by impulsiveness and routine. Can my impulsiveness lead to inspiration?

A soft melody and a brooding voice in bedroom rock inspire. The bright color in changing leaves inspire. A wasp trapped in a classroom of North Hall inspires.

Caleb Stevens wrote about his way of saving time in last week’s Student Voice. I believe Stevens is exactly right in his theory. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you won’t get the grades if you don’t push yourself harder. Relax. Take a break from that stressful course and obnoxious classmates. Get your priorities straight and realize your own health is more important than a silly deadline that is only important to your instructor who probably doesn’t like you anyway.

The universe is waiting for you to realize this. Take the time to clear your head of the dirty dishes piling up, the big exam looming over your head, the guilt of eating too much ice cream and the shrinking numbers in your bank account.

As you’re reading this, don’t feel bad for zoning out in class or getting up to leave early. Lay back, sip a cold one, read the Student Voice and chill out. You can achieve bliss. You can have anything

Teresa Aviles is a student at UW-River Falls.