Most folks are about as happy as they make up their mind to be. The twin scourges are two ways you can choose to put the loci of your happiness outside yourself. The “Destination Disease” is when you decide you won’t be happy until you get somewhere or something: a car, a house, a promotion. The “Someone Sickness” is related; it is when you decide not to be happy until you are in a relationship. Both suffer from the misperception that happiness is a condition, not a frame of mind. Yes, material possessions, achievements, and healthy relationships are all wonderful, terrific, and nice. Yet everywhere you go, there you are and enough is never enough and if happiness is not firmly, deeply, inside you, you will never find it permanently outside you.
“Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.” – J. Donald Walters
“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier