Have you ever asked yourself, ‘Am I happy?’ Or, ‘What causes happiness?’ Maybe, like I did for many years of my adult life, you’re hunting for it without knowing where happiness really comes from.
The biggest lie about happiness is that it is born outside of us–like, I’ll be happy when I finally own the things I’ve always wanted. I still want to live in a home again–one that will house my children and their children, for Pete’s sake! I sit in our little apartment thinking about how wonderful that would be—how happy I’d be if that happened. But it’s not the truth, and I know it.
Happiness cannot be experienced at some point in a fantasized future. It can only be experienced in this moment, right now, and it wells up from within us. Though we may enjoy sharing the things we own, happiness always has to do with Love shared, never with the things themselves. How many of us Baby Boomers have built huge homes and accumulated a bunch of stuff, only to learn the stuff of itself has no true value?
Happiness means giving, not taking; loving, not marking territories; caring, not dismissing; and togetherness born of forgiveness and understanding. Joy is born of an at-one-ment with the Great Mystery that created the universe and joy wraps us and happiness in its arms in a great big, comforting hug.
Today is a good day to look deeply into yourself and your life and learn what makes you happy; and to recognize that you deserve happiness, no matter what you’ve done or not done, it is, as children of God, our destiny and an element of our purpose here on Mother Earth.