When I first read this quote, I knew I had to include it in a post one day. So I held on to it until I was ready to use it.
Today, as I got ready to write a blog post, I read this quote again and realized how others might interrupt these words.
“Do whatever it takes to make you happy . . . . ”
There are so many things that we do to make ourselves happy. But not all of those things create lasting happiness. For a matter-of-fact, some things we do to make us feel happy can actually cause us unhappiness later on.
For example, I might decide to bake a batch of cookies. The smell of those cookies baking makes me happy. The taste of those cookies makes me happy. But the bloated feeling from eating too many of those cookies and the extra pounds put on my body from eating those cookies, don’t make me happy. It’s a fleeting moment of happiness.
Of course that’s just an example. I may or may not have baked cookies, eaten too many cookies and put on some extra pounds from these cookies 😉
But now I’m getting off track, so let me get back to the point of this blog post.
When I originally read this quote, I thought of all the things I could be doing to help move me closer to my goals. I thought of all the times I have allowed uncertainties and fear prevent me from taking bold steps forward. I thought of all the times I focused on the obstacles and took my eyes off the bridges that could assist me in getting across those obstacles. And then I may have baked cookies, eaten cookies, etc., etc.
What I need to do, is focus on the fact that happiness is a journey. I need to open my eyes wider and look for the opportunities that exist, then take advantage of those opportunities. Life is full of uncertainties, so I need to live each moment of my life to the fullest. I need to do whatever it takes to stay on the happiness journey.
That is what this quote means to me and I need to post this in my kitchen so I’m less tempted by the cookies 🙂