“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ~Jonathan Safran Foer
It’s so hard to let down the walls around my heart that I erect in attempts to protect myself from any sadness or hurt, but the truth is they don’t really work anyway and they keep out as much (or more) happiness than anything else.
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“It isn’t always a change of scenery needed to make life better. Sometimes it simply requires opening your eyes.” ~Richelle E. Goodrich
It’s so easy to believe that the grass is greener somewhere else (or some other time or under some other conditions), but our focus on wishing we were elsewhere causes us to miss out on the beauty and happiness available to us right here in this moment in this place.
Take a moment right now to be fully present here and now to truly see and appreciate how much good is already present.
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“Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” ~Hafiz
We spend so much time and effort seeking happiness. What difference would it make to imagine that happiness is instead seeking us and that we only needed to slow down enough to let ourselves be found?
“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” ~Margaret Lee Runbeck
Where we are going in life matters, but how we travel through life on our way there matters even more. How are you traveling through life these days?
“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” ~Henry Ward Beecher
Are you waiting for happiness to arrive around the next bend in the road? After you’ve met your next goal? After someone else does something? After something else happens?
Or have you taken responsibility for your own happiness? Finding it in each moment as it is. Extracting it from the small joys of life?