Why is it that we stay where we are when we know we shouldn’t stay anymore? The staying weakens our strength, dims our light, depletes our motivation, slows and crumbles our intentions and joy. Why do we find reasons to stay with people who drain our joy and ambition? We would rather be in a stressful, uncomfortable situation because the change is too difficult. We hold on to discomfort to be polite. We avoid the move so we don’t hurt someone else. We stay because it is financially simpler. How then do we move on to find our happiness? How do we find our voice and make the change and set ourselves free? When is it ok to stand up for ourselves and walk on our path of happiness?
As a Holistic Health Coach, I have heard this story all too often and I think the problem stems from us being constantly berated into always having to listen to others. Listen to your teacher, your father, your mother, your boss, your elders, etc. We have been trained to listen to what everyone else thinks and says on our behalf. We are highly influenced by what others think and say. Why do we give up so much control over our own lives? John Lennon once said, “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” If we all taught our children to think this way, and our children followed that journey, I wonder if we would ever need Prozac again. Be the difference in your life…Find your happiness.