Opt for happiness now
“There is no need to search; achievement leads to nowhere. It makes no difference at all, so just be happy now! Love is the only reality of the world, because it is all One, you see. And the only laws are paradox, humor and change.” Dan Millman
Count the happiness moments
I found this amazing clip – you’ll have to click on the link because youtube wouldn’t allow me to embed it but wow, is it certainly worth the three minutes it’ll take you to watch it.
It’s a great reminder that life is about the journey and not the destination and to remember to notice the small, and not so small things along the way. It’s about remembering to be grateful and experience the joy of what we experience around us and I think it’s about enjoying our arrival too. Often when we get where we’re going to we experience disappointment because things aren’t exactly as we anticipated and as quick as a flash begin planning for the next event, the next journey whatever that might be – doesn’t have to be a literal moving from one place to another it can simply be about our next goal or intention.This film clip is about stopping to 'smell the roses' on the way up the hills of life Click To Tweet
rather than allowing our anticipation to become all consuming in a way that blinds us to the adventures we could experience along the way.
We have no way of knowing exactly what’s going to greet us once we reach our destination, we only have control over ourselves. Maybe it’s also a lesson in trusting that we will be happy with the outcome … because you never know … if it isn’t what you expected … look what you may have missed along the way.
So many people put off what really matters - being happy in order to chase the things they want to… Click To Tweet
They tell themselves that they’ll catch up with friends, spend time with family, enjoy the little things in life and experience peace of mind once they’ve reached their destination and you know what … most of the time they end up feeling like they are on the outside looking in.
Socrates gives three rules in this clip:
Paradox: “Life is a mystery. Don’t waste time trying to figure it out.”
Humor: “Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure.”
Change: “Know that nothing stays the same
And Number four:
The Journey: “The journey is what brings us happiness, not the destination.”
Here’s an exercise for you.
In your journal jot down three of your finest “life goals”. Choose biggies … like ‘living a truly abundant life,’ ‘buying my dream home,’ ‘finding my perfect soul mate,’ etc. Stick in pictures to represent your dreams if you like. Now, on a new page write, sketch or find images that represent 5-10 of the most important “little things” that you want to remember as you work towards these goals. Things like: “spending quality time with my children,” “nurturing relationships with friends,” etc.
It’s a great way to create a visual reminder that will help you with one of life’s biggest challenges: enjoying the journey of life, rather than focusing obsessively on where you will end up. Be happy
“There is no path to Happiness. Happiness is the path. There is no path to Love. Love is the path. There is no path to Peace. Peace is the path.” ~ Dan Millman