We can have the most amazing life, if we live in the present moment without being attached or focused on the future; not being stuck in the past, just living in the now and seeing everything with those beginner eyes.
If we start seeing life as a vacation where nothing belongs to us, we stop holding onto things. Then when things change, we can handle that because we’re not attached to them being the same way all the time.
We have sad experiences happen to us and they are just too hard and we don’t want them to ever happen again. So, we put up our walls and do things that prevent us from feeling pain. What we don’t realize is that by trying to prevent pain, we also block happiness.
It really comes down to a very simple concept, the concept is attachment. We want things when things are going well to stay the same, we don’t want them to change, but life does change even though we wanted it to stay the same. Life continues to change no matter how wonderful it’s going.
One of the biggest challenges in trying to be happy right now isn’t that we don’t know how to be happy. It’s mostly that we just don’t do it. We don’t make the time for happiness, for peace, and for overall joy in our life.
What can we do during these very challenging times? I’d like to share with you something that I think will be very helpful if you are going through a difficult time. Whatever your challenge may be, there is hope in the hopelessness.
Simplification is really an important lesson to learn as we go through life; because life will throw us many things that can overwhelm us, wear us down, and exhaust us. So we need to learn three important lessons in order to keep our lives simple and be happy.
"Do I want to be overwhelmed or do I want to be happy? If I want to be happy then I have to live in the here and now. I can deal with things as I need to, and I will; but mostly I’m going to just live in the here and now because I have a choice. I can be happy or I can let my mind overwhelm me with the story it creates.”
Happiness takes effort and if we don’t work at it I can guarantee that we are going to become unhappier as we age. We may mask this unhappiness with addictions, like alcohol or prescriptions drugs, but we are going to be unhappier and unhappier unless we work at it.
How do we do it? How do we maintain happiness throughout the day? What’s the trick? The good news is that understanding this concept won’t be hard. Understanding how we do it won’t be hard. Actually doing it will be more challenging. But how we do it is actually quite simple.