November 20th 2016
Why do we make our lives more difficult? Over the past couple of years I’ve done a lot of observing of those around me. I guess you can call it “people watching”. In the quest for happiness we choose a lot of things that fail to deliver. Why I say quest for happiness is because whatever you are pursuing/doing the underlying goal is to be happy or at least happier than you already are.
Take food for example- we feel hungry and we grab a sandwich and it fills us up and we feel satisfied. But maybe we choose to grab a doughnut instead. We initially are satisfied and then we feel the let down of a sugar high. It failed to deliver……
Or what about waking up one Saturday morning feeling bored and you head to the Mall. You wonder around, buy a few items and bring them home to add to the rest of your stuff. Then a day or two goes by and that “high” is gone, you feel a sense of let down, you spent money on stuff you don’t need, you wasted several precious hours wondering around a building and now what?
So our modern day pursuit of happiness failed to deliver…big time fail in some cases!!
We over eat, over drink, over spend, and over shop. We want it ALL but the ALL doesn’t deliver! Now it’s time to take a new direction. Maybe the road to happiness is to get the HELL off the road?
Here’s what I know for sure…..
I know that I’ve wasted too much time, money and energy trying to eat, drink and buy my happiness. I’m not saying some of that wasn’t worth it but too much definitely sucked the life out of me!!
For the past 2 years I’ve been downsizing….simplifying….cutting out….cutting back. And let me tell you it feels GREAT!!!! I feel freer! I know I am onto something good because I catch myself smiling for no reason. Maybe people pass me and wonder why I have a crazy grin on my face? But it’s OK because feeling good can’t be bought. And the part I didn’t realize was that when I wasn’t spending my time pursuing crap, the things that really mattered started to show up! Or maybe I couldn’t see them because they were hidden within all the clutter???