We don’t get the life we want. We get the life we manage to create, and we create our lives through the choices we make.
It is not always easy to make the right choices. We live in a culture that tells us the path to happiness is filled with luxury cars, luxury homes, and luxury experiences. Somehow the things we purchase will give us the happiness we desire.
Yet, if we pause, we quickly realize how insane that premise is. We know the pleasure of owning a new car or enjoying a luxury vacation is fleeting.
Real happiness comes from having at least a handful of close intimate relationships. It comes from engaging in high-challenge, high-skill activities that demand our complete attention. And it comes from the deep satisfaction we feel by making a positive difference in the lives of others.
What are happy choices? Those that support close relationships, engaging activities, and the opportunity to make a positive difference.
Our happy choices might include living in smaller homes with shorter commutes that allow us to spend more time with our family. They might include giving less lavish holiday gifts in order to free up funds for making a positive difference in the world around us. Maybe it means choosing to pursue a new job or business opportunity that will allow us to more frequently engage our Signature Talents.
Each of us must decide for ourselves what choices are right for us.
What are your happy choices?