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Happy | Are you?

The ever-elusive quest for happiness. Western society programs us to yearn for external stuff to be happy. When we have approval from others, that new computer game, the bigger house,… then we’ll be happy. Or so we think.

I grew up in a generation where moms actually did say, “Eat your broccoli, there are kids starving in Biafra”. Guilt management of children and eating their vegetables aside, they had a point. In a backhanded, control freak sort of way, they were also trying to teach us about gratitude.

If traveling the world (particularly Asia and South America) has shown me anything, it is that poverty exists on a scale that I could not have imagined at age 25, let alone age 7. There are multitudes in the world who yearn for the simple basics: Food, potable water, adequate shelter.

Always striving for “bigger, better, faster” on which to build our house of happiness, in fact dooms us to eternal unhappiness. We build on shifting sand. When we reach a solid place of feeling internal wholeness and peace without any of the “add-ons” (Would you like to upgrade your fast food today?), then true, sustainable happiness is possible.

Happiness is a state of mind, and a choice, at any given moment. It’s not a destination.

Inspirational Quotes:

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

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Instant Gratification | True self-fulfillment can't be purchased with money. The real stuff takes work. | HartHaiku.com

Instant Gratification | The lie

Inspirational Quotes:

“Because money permits a constant stream of luxuries and indulgences, it can take away their savor, and by permitting instant gratification, money shortcuts the happiness of anticipation. Scrimping, saving, imagining, planning, hoping – these stages enlarge the happiness we feel.”  ~ Gretchen Rubin

“The problem of society today: An absolute lifestyle of entitlement. People gauge everything by “feeling”, meaning whatever they feel like doing or whatever they don’t feel like doing. Passion is valued over dedication. Instant gratification is prized over true fulfillment. They don’t know that more than feeling; intuition is the better key. They don’t know that more than passion; fulfillment and dedication are the better keys. True passion will produce dedication and ultimately, fulfillment. If not, then it should not be called passion; it should just be called a lack of self control/ immaturity.”  ~ C. JoyBell C.

“It’s often suggested that as a culture, we’re only interested in immediate gratification. Fast food. Self-checkout. Downloadable music, movies, books. Instant coffee, instant rebates, instant messaging. Instant weight loss! Shall I go on?” ~ Stephanie Perkins

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Your Champions | Your story is yours, so don't let the naysayers write your life for you. | HartHaiku.com

Your Champions | They’re gold

What would you do without the people who are in your corner, cheering you on? They are your champions, and here’s why they are so important:

Every day and all around you, there are people expressing their opinion about how you “should be”. It can be extremely crippling when you buy into it, because so often these unsolicited gems of wisdom are negative. These people are not secure in themselves, consequently their chief aim is to demoralize, demotivate, and drain you. They are called “energy vampires”, and this is how they achieve some or all of their personal power. They do not want to see you succeed, because they believe that would somehow diminish them.

Your champions, on the other hand, aren’t trying to mold you into their idea of success. Rather, they see your talents and strengths and encourage you to follow your own unique path. They offer to share their knowledge and mentor you, where it is appropriate. They truly care about your success!

So believe in your dream, intend to succeed, and work at it passionately. You will find your true champions gathering around you. Hold them close, treasure them, express gratitude to them often. Your champions are pure gold.

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Pinnacle | My head in the clouds, the wind whispers its wisdom. My soul sings its bliss. | HartHaiku.com

Pinnacle | Soaring spirit

Mighty Chimborazo! If you have never heard of it, Chimborazo is a dormant volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador, and the highest peak near the equator. At 20,548 ft., its summit is the farthest point on the Earth’s surface from the Earth’s center. The indigenous in Ecuador have dubbed Chimborazo “Taita”, meaning father.

Chimborazo takes my breath away

Last year I was fortunate to visit Chimborazo National Park. A guide drove our little group about three-quarters of the way up the mountain to a rest station, at about 16,000 ft. We got out of the van to walk around, and we all experienced dizziness and shortness of breath with very little exertion. I was quite frankly in awe. That is, of the power and majesty of this mountain, and also the fact that a friend had climbed from base to summit some years ago. What an accomplishment! Our guide told us that this is one of the most dangerous mountains in the world, and other climbers have perished attempting to conquer it.

The feeling of freedom

As I stood at our rest point and gazed upward to the summit, my spirit soared. I have experienced this at other spectacular nature spots in my travels. I was lost in the magnitude and grandeur of the space. In that moment, I was simply a human being connected to the Earth, unencumbered by what I am required to be in our civilization.

It was just the sky, the mountain, and me.

And I was free.

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Today | Start of a new day. Have you given your thoughts space to bring good to you? | HartHaiku.com

Today | Your time & worth

Today there are the three powerful little ideas wrapped up in my haiku: Time, thought, and your worth.

Time: Do you fully embrace each day? We know we are mortal (and our ego fears it), but, we still tend to live life as though we have an endless supply of days. You have the choice, right now, to make the most of today. Wring every beautiful moment out of it that you can. Because when it’s over, today is not coming around again. Don’t miss out on anything that you could enjoy, embrace, love, or learn right now. Fully immerse yourself in your life. A movie that drives this idea home brilliantly is About Time. If you haven’t seen it, try to.

Thought: Is your mind consumed with your to-do list the second you wake up? Do your thoughts dwell too often on problems, your personal ones and those of the world? Is there any time today reserved for contemplation, introspection, gratitude for the good things you already have in your life? (Gratitude expands abundance.) And perhaps most importantly, mindful intention to create your ideal life? If not, I strongly urge you to make space for those.

Your worth: Do you even believe that you deserve to have good things come your way? You do. If you don’t believe it, long term you have some internal work to do. But in the meantime, I’ll bet you have at least one champion in your life – you know, a person who believes in you, when you can’t or won’t believe in yourself – that loves you enough to talk you through this. Connect with that person, somehow or some way, even if it’s for just a quick “Hi”. Today, surround yourself with your champions. (And don’t forget to express gratitude and take an interest in their lives too. A balanced life involves mutual exchange.)

Today is all we’ve really got. Please, hear the call, pick up the ball, and run as fast as you can towards your happiness.

Today.

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