In this life, you’ve been programmed to believe that once you’ve reached your goal weight, once you’ve bought your dream house and car, found the perfect wife or husband and landed the most perfect position in your workplace… Then you’re happy.
So you work hard towards that. You spend countless hours in the gym, doing all sorts of workouts for months. You sacrifice a lot of your social life and personal desires to save every penny you can. You’re constantly in bed, swiping right on Tinder, trying to find the perfect guy/girl who has a straight to the point bio and a picture of them with a dog (it’s Tinder law; you get extra points if you have a picture with a cute animal). You do all of these things, in hopes that one day you’re going to get to the place where you can breathe the sigh of relief and say “I’m finally happy.”
Robin Williams had everything. Chester Bennington had everything. If they had all these things, why aren’t they with us today?
In this life, you’ve been programmed to believe that material treasures equal happiness.
As soon as you’re old enough, you start to work hard towards these things. Your mind is then consistently filled to the brim with anxiety wondering if things are going to go right and wondering what your next move is. You’re constantly working, to eventually reach that day when you can finally breathe the sigh of relief and say “I’m finally happy.”
But what you’re forgetting is that while you were so busy working towards these things… You forgot to show gratitude for the little things.
You forgot the happiness you feel when you hear your mother’s voice after so long. The happiness you feel when the sun kisses gently on your skin. The happiness you feel when you see your best friend smile. The happiness you feel when you eat your favorite meal. (This is where the practice of mindfulness into play.)
All these things hold the key to true happiness.
The present. The one moment where we can express pure gratuity.
We forget the present when we’re tirelessly working hard towards these goals. Now, I’m not saying that you should just stop… No! Keep going! You’re doing well!
But once in a while, stop. Stop and appreciate the little things around you.
Slow down. Take your time. Breathe. Set your goals down for a second and appreciate what’s around you. Clear your mind and be mindful. That’s the secret to happiness.
CALL TO ACTION
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