Most of us have goals, intended to keep us moving progressively forward in a positive way, and frequently aimed at improving our life and happiness. To-Do lists of progressive, sequentially timed steps. Frequently aimed at acquiring bigger and better “things.” But examining our lives today at this moment and looking back, how many completed goals and fulfilled ambitions produced a lasting and enduring sense of joy and happiness? Or was that fleeting feeling gone upon setting the next “Happiness Target?”
Constant striving and yearning for “more and better”, along with unfulfilled desires create their own anxieties, stresses, competitiveness, anger and discord. This is not a prescription for laziness, but rather a realization that happiness is an inside job. It is not to be found in the world outside, achieved with the acquisition of more and more and more bigger and better things, recognition, awards or accolades, or arrived at as a destination, because it is a constantly moving target. A very important lesson to be imparted to our children.
“Most people are searching for happiness outside of themselves. That’s a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something that you are, and it comes from the way that you think. Bring happiness to every encounter in life, instead of expecting external events to produce joy.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
We must remind ourselves daily that there is no magic way to happiness. Happiness is the way. Don’t wait for happiness to happen or to arrive at a scheduled date and time. Decide to be happy today. And watch what happens.
Thanks as always for stopping by to visit. Best wishes for a wonderful day. Be Happy! — Jim (and Red!)
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