Searching for Happiness - Is that the Problem?
Society now is very geared towards seeking pleasure or happiness, whether it is your job, your relationship, family, friendships and career; people now have very high expectations when it comes to life. The aims and ambitions of people over the last hundred years have magnified to a huge degree and people want more and more, the problem is, does this freedom really make any of us happy?
If you are someone who never seems to be contented and always seeking what you do not have then you are probably like the majority of us. No matter what we have, the grass always seems to be greener somewhere else, people always seem to have more, yet want more, there never seems to be an end point to it. Ok there is nothing wrong with drive and ambition and seeking to better your life, but does any of this really ever make any of us happy?
The fact that we continuously are seeking and trying to find, the fact that we never get to that point where we have found, we are unsatisfied and always looking to the next big thing. Whether it be a bigger house, more possessions or the latest piece of technology that promises all the answers. The problem is do we ever get there? If you think to yourself right now you could probably make a list of 100 things you would like and want, maybe even you feel like you need, the mistake is that we really believe that if we complete our list of 100 that we will then be in a state of enlightened contentment and finally we will reach the end goal that is happiness.
This would be fine if it were true, we would all get working on that list and soon we would all be happy. The problem is as soon as we have completed this list, another 100 or maybe even 200 or 1000 things will turn up. It is a never ending spiral and in the end it will not give us the answers of what we truly need inside.
Maybe what we truly need is inside of us ourselves, maybe why we cannot find that elusive happiness is because we seek it as a destination, but it cannot be, the destination does not exist, only here and only now ever exists.
The future and the past are illusions.
Maybe we need to stop searching and look at today, to appreciate yourself, to love what you actually have right now.
Maybe then we find what we need.
The irony is, we already have it.
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