Sunday, January 30, 2011

Happiness.


“Happiness damn near destroys you
Breaks your faith to pieces on the floor…”

Happiness. It’s strange how simple it is, yet it seems like we can never find it. 
The whole problem lies in our fantasies.

As Dr. Seuss once said, “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
But fantasy can be dangerous.
Too many of us make the error of mistaking fantasy for a future reality. It’s great to dream, but we must realize that dreams are just that—dreams. Dreams, as much as we’d like them to be, are not [always] reality. And it all sounds so simple, but the sad truth is, we all fail to make this distinction.

When we’re young, we create this fantasy in our minds of what our future will look like. Where we go wrong is committing to this future and its endless detail. And then somewhere down the road, when we should be perfectly content with the way our lives are, we can’t help but compare our reality to the fantasy we had created. And obviously, things will never measure up. I mean, how often in life do you get exactly what you want, how, and when you want it? Never. Rarely.

As my friend said to me the other day, Life is just messy.
And it is our job to make the best out of it. But expecting our lives to turn out exactly how we pictured them to be as children is just irrational.
We all do it. But it’s time to stop comparing. Take a serious look at your life. Even though things may be different from what you expected, are you satisfied? And if the answer is yes, then happiness is knocking on your door, you just [ need to ] let it in.
  
“Happiness is like the old man told me
Look for it, but you'll never find it all
Let it go, live your life and leave it
Then one day, wake up and she'll be home.”
- The Fray

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