Looking for happiness in all the right places

Looking for happiness in all the right places

Dan Baker

Remember the last new car you bought? Remember how you felt as you drove down the street? You could sense the eyes following as you passed people in your new car. You washed it every week and allowed no one to eat in it. Now, it is two years later, and stale french fries rest between the seats; the minor ding on the driver’s door has been there for some time; and the car hasn’t been washed in six months. What happened? Where are those feelings you had when it was new?

The truth is simple: It wasn’t the car that made the difference, it was that new-car feeling it gave you. What if tomorrow you awakened and couldn’t see? What kind of effect would that have on your life? I’ll bet that before I asked you that question, you hadn’t given your eyesight a second thought today, right? Why? Because you are use to having it; it’s really no big deal.

The point is simple: Happiness is an inside job. You have more “things” in your life than 99 percent of the people who lived. Stop looking for happiness in your outer world, and you’ll discover it lives inside you. Happiness is a matter of choice. Carpe diem.

Tidbit: “Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.”

– William Butler Yeats

Dan Baker is a nationally known speaker and trainer from Oklahoma City. His Web site is www.DanBaker.ws.