Attitude is Everything

Are you chasing happiness?

I used to chase after happiness. I always expected certain things, or certain people, or certain situations, to make me happy. I used to think, if only “this” or “that” would just happen, I’d be happy. And many times “this” or “that” would happen, and guess what? I would be happy for a while, but the good feeling would fade as I started to realize that my dependence on a thing or another person for happiness was simply too stressful.

It was when I stopped chasing after happiness that happiness found me. I began to practice the art of acceptance. When I started to accept life for what it was and I started to accept whatever situation I was in as simply the way things were, I started to see that my happiness depended on my own attitude. When I started focusing on getting the most out of my day the way it was presented to me, rather than trying force “life” to be what I thought it should be, I started to realize that I was, indeed, becoming a much happier person.

If we spend all of our energy trying to change what life presents us, then we don’t have any energy left to make the most out of everything that we have.

Practice makes progress and progress is good.