Happiness is what we all seek, and often in the wrong places and in silly ways. The treasure of a happy life is found within, not without. When this, truly sinks in we are able to truly enjoy the happiness that we already possess.
“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” — Omar Khayyam —
What Is Happiness In Life? — Correcting our Focus
We tend to get what we focus upon. It’s one of those Universal things set up many moons ago that keeps us accountable and on track.
Our energy flows where our attention goes. A rather simple thought that is so easily forgotten in the madness of everyday life. Although happiness is what we most desire, we quite often lose awareness of this and find ourselves constantly distracted.
We need constant reminders to stay focused on what we truly desire, and not on what may or not happen that we don’t want anyway.
It comes down to gaining some clarity of who we really are, what we most desire that is aligned with who we really are, and the willingness to be that person now, not later. There is nothing to wait for, especially happiness.
When we think and act authentically we are not only being true to ourselves, but we are able to serve others best by engaging our unique talents and abilities in a meaningful way. By focusing on our strengths we effortlessly extend our inner gifts to others creating happiness within ourselves.
This type of authenticity has a positive effect on whomever we encounter in our daily life and activities. At this point, we no longer have to ask what is happiness in life because we are living it.
How to Live a Happy Life — The Mystery Removed
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” — Marcus Aurelius —
By now it is beginning to become apparent that our happiness is based on what’s going on inside of us, and not dependent on outside factors, people, and circumstances. That realization in itself takes a great burden away. It becomes evident that we are the creator and not the victim of our lives.
As the creator of our lives we have a huge responsibility. There is no one to blame or no outside circumstances that are holding us back. The buck stop here.
The same creative power that is being used to create our current conditions in life can be redirected to create what we most truly desire. Directing our thoughts in the direction we desire to go based on our inner happiness and love of life allows us to steer clear of the many distractions and detours brought about by focusing on what we do not want because of our various fears, whether we acknowledge them or not.
Pretending everything is fine when we are dying inside will not release our happiness within. Sometimes we prefer to stay depressed and unhappy because we feel safe and we don’t want to rock the boat as we are afraid that things may get worse.
Well, rocking that damn boat is what it takes to break free!
We can do it by one giant step or a series of small steps that take us in the direction we desire to go in a gentler way. The choice is ours.
Our happiness comes down to a simple decision between love and fear. All of our fear is based on future and past thinking, while all of the love and happiness exists right this moment ready to be embraced.
Although making the decision to embrace our happiness now does require us to confront our fears and leave our comfort zone, it’s not that big a deal when we take the gentler approach I mentioned above, and take a few small steps in our desired direction.
Of course there will be roadblocks and a few detours to take, but we should never be afraid to fail as that is what we need in order to progress. We learn more from our mistakes than from our successes.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless to live so cautiously that you might as well not lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.” — J.K. Rowling —
Fear of rejection becomes a non issue when we are committed to our happiness in the present moment, understanding that it is an inner quality and not anything we can find outside ourselves no matter how much we may accumulate. It simply does not matter what people think or how silly we may appear to look in pursing our dreams.
We can either be paralyzed by fear or take big strides and amaze the world with the gifts and talents we possess. We just don’t get to do both.
In this complex world full of distractions and noise, we have the opportunity to express ourselves in a unique way that not only brings us happiness because we are being true to ourselves, but also releases our greatness so that we fulfill our destiny. It is no coincidence that we are here.
Let’s embrace the opportunity that lies within every apparent failure, and move forward with confidence to greater success by making a positive impact in the lives of so many others. Let’s not live with regret, but instead have the courage to say yes to life and all that it offers.
Live with Passion,
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