Throughout my life, I’ve employed the traditional model of finding happiness: by working incredibly hard to line up a series of conditions that met my expectations so I could triumphantly declare progress/victory/whatever.
But those blips of happiness were few and far between, requiring tons of work and always haunted by pervasive uncertainty. Nowadays, I gravitate toward the easier path: that of the happy idiot. If I appreciate something inconsequential, happiness arises all on its own. The same thing happens if I quiet my thoughts; happiness arises with no justification or preceding rationalization.
I find this much more efficient than trying to wring drips of satisfaction from a turbulent drama of schemes, failures, and victories. I still focus on milestones and benchmarks, but at the risk of sounding cliché, it really is all about the journey.
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