MONDAY MANTRA: Rejoice in the way things are.
There is an important distinction between happiness and excitement. So often in life we think, if I only had this or that, I would be happy. The truth is that we already have everything we need to be happy.
Happiness comes from being connected to who we are. It is the byproduct of believing that everything is exactly as it should be. Good things happen, bad things happen. It all works together to teach us to appreciate the blessings in our life. When we are grateful, we feel happy.
Happiness is very different than excitement. Excitement is what we feel when when we achieve a goal, or receive something that we feel we are lacking, such as a new car, a promotion, an invitation to a party.
Unlike happiness, excitement is not sustainable, because it is dependent on circumstances. Happiness is only dependent on self-awareness. It is what we feel when see ourselves with clarity, and remember that we each serve an important, unique purpose in the world.
At our core, we all want the same things–to know that we are seen, that we are heard, and that we matter. This is what makes us happy, and it’s not something that we can buy or be given. It lies in how we see the world.
When we believe that we already have everything we need to be happy within, the whole world belongs to us.