Folks come to me and explain their plans for “being happy” soon. NOT!
No one on the planet has ever attained happiness through proper planning. Happiness is a natural state of being; It requires nothing – no money, not good weather, not the perfect soul mate – NOTHING.
A friend said to me, “I am happy, now that I am healthy.” Does that mean that the next time he catches a cold, he will be miserable? Can someone be happy and have the flu? Was it the sudden turn from poor health to good health that brought happiness upon her? Or was it a simple shift in attitude that she took on in that moment?
Do you know what bliss is? It’s being happy, and not knowing why and not caring why.
The real question to ask yourself is this, “Are you willing to give up all of your stuff around what it takes to be happy – where you have to be, who you have to be with, what you have to have or what you have to be doing?”
Thomas Jefferson wrote of our unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And then he stuck it in the Declaration of Independence. Maybe that’s why so many Americans have so, so, so many things to be happy about, but still aren’t – they’ve been taught that ‘happiness is something you pursue and pursue and pursue and pursue.
Question: What’s the answer to happiness?
Answer: Live every moment as though “this is as wonderful as it ever gets; live with that attitude even when you’re yearning for more.” Do that, and you’ll find yourself happy. Watch out – even if you don’t believe it will work, if you take that attitude on – it will.