Wednesday, June 4, 2014
IWSG - Enjoy the journey
If you're just joining us, IWSG is a great hop, started by Alex J. Cavanaugh, that has grown by leaps and bounds. Check out the blog for a full list of participants, and to sign up yourself!
Hard to believe we're about halfway through the year already. It seems like just yesterday I was snuggled under a blanket while the ice storm raged outside, and now I'm standing under or near every fan I can find in an attempt to stay cool! It's becoming more and more difficult to take a moment to just breathe and to enjoy the days as they pass.
As our lives grow ever-busier, it's easy to overlook the everyday joys that occur. For a lot of people, this means they start to pin happiness on some future event.
"I'll be happy when I get an agent."
"I'll be happy when I get published."
"I'll be happy when my book sells X number of copies."
I'm just as guilty of doing this as the next person. But the problem with this attitude is that you keep pushing your happiness into the future, rather than grabbing onto it with both hands right now. "I'll be happy when," is self-defeating, because it's an ever-elusive goal. You're constantly moving the goalposts, and you can never win.
"Sure, I just signed with an agent, but I'll be happy when I have a contract for my book."
I'm not saying we shouldn't have goals or benchmarks to strive towards. But I think it's a mistake to decide that our happiness depends on meeting them. Rather than focusing on future happiness, why not take some time to celebrate the joys in your life right now?