Happiness isn’t about stuff, is it?
I’m not denying that some of my stuff makes me happy. There are photos all over my house — of family and friends and of favorite quotes and Scripture verses — and seeing those creates a sense of happiness inside of me. And then there are gifts I’ve received that I treasure because they remind me of the giver — and yes, that kind of “stuff” makes me happy.
But all of this is a circumstantial kind of happiness. Stuff wears out. Or I use it up. Sometimes I misplace it. And sometimes I’ve been known to give stuff away — not to a thrift store, but to someone else who I think will enjoy something even more than I do.
Realizing I’m not who I used to be creates an inordinate amount of happiness inside of me. I’m no longer that scared little girl that somehow followed myself into adulthood. I found my brave. I traded the habit of keeping secrets and celebrate surprises instead — and yes, there’s a huge difference between the two. I’m honest about my past. I try to pay attention to what’s happening in my present. And I’m not afraid of the future … well, most days I’m not. Still working on that.
I’m accepting who I was, who I am, and who I’m becoming. I love the imperfect person I see in the mirror — and I notice those imperfections less and less. I know what I value — things like honesty and compassion — and I strive to achieve them on a daily basis.
And that, my friend, is happiness.
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