How true it is. That’s what the foil wrapper of my dark chocolate Dove Promise said today. Genius, isn’t it?
(Thank you, Staci, for having them in your candy bucket today when I NEEDED chocolate!)
My husband has often said happiness needs to come from within; it can’t come from someone or something else. He should know — he’s one of the happiest people I know and he grew up in a third-world country under some very difficult circumstances and still came out with an amazing, realistic but optimistic attitude toward life. In fact, it’s one of the things I admire most about him.
Yet all too often we want someone or something else to be the source of our happiness … we want to blame someone or something external for our lack of happiness or our failure to be content with what we have … when in reality, it’s ours to be had.
Ultimately, it lies within us — if we’re willing to listen. It really is an “inside job.” And it’s something of which I needed to be reminded.
After a super-stressful morning that started with losing six days’ worth of data I needed for a bi-weekly report for one client — coupled with a few snafus related to a big photo shoot for another client — it was exactly what I needed to read.
I’d have saved the wrapper for safe-guarding but I licked it clean 😉 What is it about women and dark chocolate?! Seriously, two of those little guys curbed my sweet tooth for just two Points. No need to buy sub-par chocolate I’d only take a bite out of.
Anyway, after reading that message, I felt calm and collected in a client meeting and was able to enjoy my evening at home tonight, letting the stress of the day brush off my back where it belongs, instead of taking it home with me.
In addition, I’ve been enjoying this week away from the gym/formal exercise, though I’m thinking tomorrow might be a good day to get back at it (my last workout was last Thurs.).
For the moment, I’m just listening to my body, which seems to be telling me to just let it be.
How about you? How do you view happiness? Is it on a continuum? Something that ebbs and flows? Do you rely on others for your happiness?