I get so sick of hearing people say, “I just need to get out of here.” Usually in reference to leaving your physical living situation and moving to another town or state or country or planet (wait…). Truth: If you can’t be happy anywhere, you can’t be happy somewhere. What I’m saying is – It’s not about location. Happiness is a state of mind. A change of location is not going to change anything accept your location. It’s not going to change who you hang out with, seek out for entertainment or find for a working situation.
I’ve moved alot in my life and each time I think I might just be able to reinvent myself but the truth is… I’m me. I’m always going to be me. I’m going to make friends that are the same as the ones I made in the last location. I’m going to be the same person everywhere. Yes, I change and morph but not with location.
People can’t run from themselves and self is the only thing that is going to determine happiness.
I saw this this morning on Facebook. It does have a good lesson it for our lives.
Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker began— exactly this is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.
Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness. And this is the purpose of human life.
Here are the 10 Happiest States to Live in according to the 2012 Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index. I happen to be living in #2 and I also happen to live in #7 for two years. I guess I’m a happy guy.
We were having fun with a fan this morning. I just love her expressions.
I have a recently found a love of farm houses. My grandparents had one in New Hampshire and my siblings and I would spend a few weeks a summer up there visiting. We would swim in the pond, climb to the top of Mt Blue Job, and my favorite was picking blue berries. However, the property is long gone and all I have left is memories. Taking pictures of farm houses will always take me back to pleasant memories.
What fond memories do you get while taking pictures?