This morning my latest blog (the one you're reading) found me. A dear friend sent me this quote and it was waiting for me in my inbox this morning. When I read it, it strongly resonated with me. I knew I wanted to share this with you.
It’s so easy to get caught up in believing that happiness is found in the large and monumental events of life.
We think: When I get the legit job and find financial independence, then I’ll be happy. When I find a romantic partner that fits my vision, then I’ll be happy. If I lived in the right house, in the right area with home decor that's on point, then I’ll be happy…..
I can go on further, believe me, but I won’t because I think you know what I’m getting too. The reality is, happiness is not in those places and spaces. It’s in the “in-between.” Yes, those big life events can bring us joy, but if you look to those events with expectation that they’re going to make you happy, you’re missing the little stuff that is and will continue to happen along the way.
Check out this quote that really paints a clear picture of what I’m referring too:
This quote reminds me to refocus on the smaller stuff. Sure, I want to accomplish “big” goals that really speak to me, but I’m noticing more and more that “happy” lives in the subtle moments of life. These little moments of amazing are constantly happening around us. The striking color of the sky at sunset, a funny email from a dear friend, a conversation with someone whom you care about where you feel truly heard, staring at a full moon, the awesome feeling you get after jumping in the ocean, etc. Whatever your little moments of happy are, notice them. When we have tunnel vision for the major events to bring us contentment, we can miss all the cool things that are going on around us now. The small things that are apart of our everyday is where happy lies.
I know that I’m more inspired to pay attention to the small stuff after reading this quote. My hope is that this quote speaks to you and helps you find more happy along your path as well.
* This image was taken by Amy Bjornson, San Diego photographer, on a summer road trip to Grand Teton National Park.