Some people appear to be happy-go-lucky on the outside, but they struggle desperately behind closed doors and never give the matter much thought as to why. They distract themselves with TV, or social media, or whatever it takes to drown out the pain and the truth about their unhappiness.
Other people make lavish, life-long plans based on what they have been told “should” make them happy: “I’m going to marry the perfect man/woman, we’re going to buy our dream house and a couple cars, and we’re going to raise our children in the suburbs.” But then they wake up ten years into their plan feeling unfulfilled and depressed.
Can you relate at all? I certainly can. Many of us suffer in similar ways.
As long as we’re busy doing whatever it is that distracts us from the truth – the whole truth about our happiness and ourselves – we go through life like stones tumbling aimlessly down a mountainside. We bounce and react impulsively to the surrounding environment, and we blunder onward with no clear idea as to where we’re headed or why.
We awake every morning wishing we could sleep in. Then we begin each day’s work with the foremost intention to stop working as soon as feasibly possible. Our minds grow numb to the monotony of a comfortable yet draining routine. And somewhere along the line, as each day fades into the next, we get our [Read more…]