“Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time. It’s about loving what you have and being grateful for what you want.” ~ Zig Ziglar …
People tend to choose to see happiness as something we must chase after and capture, as if it is something to be won or obtained. This view, however, only serves to disenfranchise us of the power to experience the happiness we already possess. True happiness can only be found in sincere gratitude for the things we have and the things we want.
We often feel that we know what is best for us, even though we are shown time and time again that this is simply not true. In my life, this is most evident when I come before God asking for things to be my way. Most of the time, what I ask for is not what I get; though usually what I get, is exactly what I need at that point in my life. And although it may not have made perfect sense at the time, in retrospect, it was necessary for my growth, understanding, and acceptance.
When it really comes down to it, our unhappiness and dissatisfaction in life is not born from what we have or have not–it is born from how we see the things we have or have not. When we fail to see what we already have as enough, or carelessly place our focus on what we lack, we create our own unhappiness. On the other hand, when we see our life–and everything in it–as an irreplaceable gift and a blessing, we cannot help but know true happiness firsthand.
Jesus of Nazareth put it best when he said, “not my will, but yours be done.” Looking at life with a similar attitude enables us to practice acceptance for the way things are in life, and show gratitude in spite of our wants and desires. This inevitably leads us to happiness, for we have left no foundation for unhappiness and dissatisfaction to take root.
Find happiness purely in the things you already have today.
Questions to consider:
Do you love your current possessions? Do they meet most of your true needs?
Where does our dissatisfaction with the things we have in life come from?
How often do you closely consider the things you have with an appreciation for the value it adds to your life?
For further thought:
“Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers. Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs. That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care. Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” ~ Pat Alger, Larry Bastain, Garth Brooks