Have you ever said “if only I could have ____ in my life, I would be happy”? How about “I could be happy if only ____ would happen”? What you fill the blanks in with will depend on what you think will make you happy. What we use to fill in the blanks will differ from person to person, but if we're honest, I think we can all admit to having these thoughts in our lives. Living in the thoughts of “if only” thinking blocks our ability to appreciate what is our lives.
Being happy is often related to the “things” we have in our lives. Is this true for you? Does looking at your possessions bring you happiness? Does being able to buy stuff make you happy? Now, take the time to think about how you would feel if your possessions were to disappear. Would you still be happy? Understandably you would be bummed to have lost the things you may have collected over your life, but would your ability to experience happiness disappear too?
When your happiness with your life is dictated by your possessions, are you truly happy?
Take the time to think about what truly makes you happy in life. Is it a much needed laugh? Spending time with family and friends? Watching your child explore life with unabashed joy and excitement? Maybe it's spending time in nature just being still. What makes you happy?
Our possessions won't help take our pain away but living in the moments of real happiness can. Are you living in the moments of your life or are you a bystander waiting to feel happy?
take good care of you eh?