Gross Personal Happiness
I can’t remember which of my Make it Happen posts it was that evoked this response from my friend David. I’ve had his comments sitting on my inbox since that time because it’s both enlightening and gratifying for me. So I thought I’d branch out from it and write a post.
Here’s what David had to say:
Darryl…it’s never easy to make “living in the present” a priority. To put aside those things that make our lives “easy” and truly live a life that makes you happy, is actually harder than it seems.
But you make it look easy…and that’s why a lot of people, I imagine, envy you. Keep on doing what you’re doing…happiness, whether easy or just perceived as easy, is worth all the effort….as I’m sure you know!
Hmmmm, do people really like to take the easy route and push off true happiness while doing so? For me it’s not really a decision. I guess I must have some sort of internal “Gross National Happiness” strategy like the country of Bhutan. I do what makes me happy first….all those other things come secondary.
I’m not sure about the envy part. If people do envy me, I hope they realize that where I am and what I’m doing with my life can be achieved by anyone. In fact, this whole concept of living outside of the rat trap and living life to the fullest (on and off the bike) is what our weekly Loving the Bike TV episodes are designed to do. Be sure to have a look if you haven’t already.
Is it “actually harder than it seems”? Yes it is, David, if your belief system feels that way. Change it, and you just might find yourself making decisions based on your own Gross Happiness strategy.