By nature, our desire is to be happy. I think you’d agree with that statement. But if someone were to ask us what it is that would give us that happiness, most of us would turn to the “outside” to find that happiness. Chances are that for most, happiness would have to do with the acquiring of some material thing.
“Once I get that new job, then I’ll be happy.”
“When we get that big house, our family will be so freakin’ happy!”
“As soon as the new business takes off, then I’ll be happy”
“Vacation is coming up, I’m so happy!”
“I love my new car, I’m very happy!”
“I am happy with my life, but….”
The issue with finding happiness on the outside is that these things don’t bring lasting happiness. They don’t bring it because you are depending on something besides yourself to be happy. Think back to the last thing that you bought that made you really happy? How long did the pure elation last? That’s what I thought.
I order to be truly happy, you need to recognize where happiness comes from. It comes from within. From inside you. From your heart and your soul. Happiness comes from your experiences.
You see, you don’t need anything external to make you happy. You have happiness within you. You have to find beauty and happiness in what you have now. In all the blessings in your life. In the little things. In the fact that you can breathe today.
Imagine for a second that you were struggling to breathe. Gasping for air. How happy would you be if you were able to get a full, deep, life generating breath into your lungs? You’d be really happy right?
That’s what I’m talking about here…. Recognize what happiness really means to you and embrace it. Experience it for what it is and let it fill your life.
I’ll leave you with this question to ponder…
Suppose you had the opportunity to move into the house of your dreams. It’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of in a home. A great view, layout, amazing furniture, pool, the works…
Are you picturing it? Good!
Now you have a decision to make.
Would you rather live in that house by yourself for the rest of your life? Or under a bridge with your family all around you?
True happiness doesn’t come from having things.