December 13

Today's quotation:

Happiness is inward and not outward; and so it does
not depend on what we have, but on what we are.

Henry Van Dyke

Today's Meditation:

This is a basic premise of happiness, a principle that we see repeated over and over again, and one that we most definitely should continue to remind ourselves.  Happiness is, indeed, an inside job.  We cannot make ourselves truly happy with anything that we own or possess, but only through a deep and abiding knowledge and love of ourselves, our world, and our place in it.  We can be happy only by making our thoughts happy, for our thoughts are what guide us through life and bring more of life to us.

During our time here on this planet, we will become something.  Actually, each day that we live we become something and someone new.  That person we are inside determines what we do, what we give, and whom we help and how we help them, and that comes only from inside.  Who we are inside determines our character, helps or hinders us from finding peace, pushes us forward or pulls us back, and keeps us on a sane and healthy road or leads us down unhealthy and destructive paths.

Our inside lives lead us to make decisions on ever aspect of living, and those decisions lead inevitably to results with which we must live.  None of our possessions can help us to make such decisions, and while our friends can give advice, the final decision always is our own.  And it always will come from the person we've become, the person we've made ourselves into based on our previous decisions.

Develop your character and become the person you truly want to be, and you'll find that happiness results as a by-product.  Search for happiness by building your stock of possessions or by trying to find it in outside sources, and you will find that happiness simply is not there; you may get momentary satisfaction on a surface level, but deep happiness will evade you.

Questions to consider:

How does the momentary satisfaction of getting something nice make us think that it's "happiness"?

In what ways can we develop our happiness?

Why do so many people find happiness to be something that's difficult to achieve, when it's there inside us all the time?

For further thought:

Happiness is not a possession to be prized,
it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.

Daphne DuMaurier


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