This is part of a quote from Jordan Peterson on happiness. So maybe the quote doesn’t make any sense. But that’s okay, it’s taken out of context. Below is the whole quote. So you can really understand.
“Your life isn’t margaritas on a beach in Jamaica. That happens now and then. Those are exceptions. Your life is how your wife greets you at the door when you come home every day, cause that’s like 10 minutes a day. Your life is how you treat each other over the breakfast table, ‘cause that’ an hour and a half or an hour every single day. You get those mundane things right, those things you do every day. You concentrate on them and make them pristine. It’s like you got 80% of your life together. These little things that are right in front of us, they aren’t so little…”
It’s a little long, I know. But I think it is incredibly powerful. And boy is it true!
In my life, I’ve come across a lot of thinking along the following lines. Once I have (insert desirable here) then I’ll be happy. Or. If only things were like this, then I’d be happy.
I’ve certainly had this mindset before. And it can be really wicked. It’s so easy to trap yourself and base your happiness on dreams and if onlys.
Find happiness in what you have now. In whatever you can. It’s not going to be an easy start. But once you start, and you develop that mindset, you’ll soon find yourself finding happiness in SO much of your life.
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t chase after big things that’ll make you happy. You should. But don’t base your level of happiness on things you don’t have. Base it on the things you do.