The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.
— Audrey Hepburn
Ah…the pursuit of happiness.
On one hand, the urge to be happy can be seen as self-indulgent and wrong.
On the other hand, we go through great lengths to do things and acquire things that we think or hope will make us happy.
Enjoying life? There is so much that crowds out our capacity to feel joy.
I don’t think of happiness as a destination. Or as a reward for some big achievement.
Rather, I experience happiness the most when I surrender to what is, stop fighting with myself, and tune in to what my heart really wants.
Which often leads me in a radically different direction that where my mind thinks I should be going.
Have you ever experienced that?
Did you notice the word should?
Happiness most often finds me painting, writing, teaching, sharing tea with friends, roaming around in a city with my camera, or wandering in nature with no destination in mind and a day’s worth of food in my pack.
Play with the prompts that go with this quote in your journal. Feel how you respond to it.
There is a certain pleasure in sitting with a creative journal and allowing a few moments of play, relaxation, reflection.
In the Dreaming on Paper workshop, I describe this as Happification.
We write, paint, cut, paste, while learning to listen to the subtle feeling of yes that that whispers in the background.
That still, small voice within always guides us in the direction of where our happiness lives.
We find energy, delight, focus, momentum. And it flows naturally.
It’s the opposite of shoulding on ourselves.
Life is most enjoyable when….
What really matters to me is…
When did you last feel happy? Describe the moment.
I notice that I feel happiest when…