I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about the notion
of happiness. Where do we find it? Is it fleeting and transient, dependent
solely on life circumstances? Or, is it a constant force in our lives that we
can always tap into as long we keep an open mind?
I’ve realized that it’s so easy to play the “as soon as”
game in life, looking at happiness as though it is a destination that has yet
to be reached.
It’s so easy to tell ourselves:
“As soon as [fill in the blank] happens I’ll be happy.”
“As soon as I get the perfect job….”
“As soon as I find the right partner….”
“As soon as I make more money…”
When I play this game I always come out a loser. Why?
Because even when I do meet the “as soon as” requirement for scoring happiness,
it never seems to quite live up to my expectation for how I thought I would
feel. Instead of reveling in the fact that I’ve gotten what I wanted, I’m
already playing the “as soon as” game again.
The other day I read an article titled “20 Signs You’re Doing Better than You Think You Are"
. In the article, the author lists reasons why most of us are more successful than
we realize. For me, reading it was a reminder that happiness is not really a
byproduct of the situation or end outcome; it is a result of our perception and
When I take time to pause and reflect, I can appreciate how
much I have in my life at the moment, how far I’ve come, and the little joys I
overlook when I get caught up in the “as soon as” mindset. Lowering our expectations
doesn’t mean giving up or throwing in the towel on our dreams and goals. It
simply means letting go of rigidity and opening our eyes to the goodness of the
So for the month of February, I challenge myself and whom ever is reading this post to adjust some of the parameters on what it takes to
Let’s hold on to what we want without the weight of expectation on our shoulders. Let’s take time to be grateful for the moment and appreciate how far we’ve come. Let’s embrace the journey and know that happiness can only be experienced in the present moment.