I witness so many of my patients make the statement, “I’ll be happy when…” This tells me they are not happy now and must learn the art of enjoying life in the present.
Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for vacation, for a promotion, to be famous, for someone to fall in love with you, for a perfect marriage, for children, or for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now. If you keep living for tomorrow you will eventually become jealous, resentful, discontent, anxious, depressed, and disappointed to name a few. Or, impatience and insecurity will drive you to make a decision that will only end up hurting you down the road or worse, you will miss out on God’s best because you didn’t trust His timing.
No person and no thing can bring you fulfillment and nor do you want it to! Certain people, jobs, and opportunities come into our life, but they are not designed to complete us, fill us up, or make our world. That is a dangerous thing to ask of a relationship or career.
Joy comes from being content and satisfied with yourself and through marveling at the precious gifts of every day life. Therefore, when a thing your heart desires comes to pass it is simply an added blessing and not the source of your identity or happiness.
For me, it’s this moment sitting here on my patio and watching the storm roll in while enjoying this cup of tea and listening to the symphony of birds in my backyard.