happy" ... It's fleeting.
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It comes and goes with the tide. Contentment, however, can last. It's an "okayness" which is always available. Even for a moment, we CAN set down our stories, our angers, our guilts, our shames, our self-hatred, our 'not enoughs.' It's very hard, but I think, even for just a few breaths, whatever is happening out there, I can soften my mind around it and just say, well, this may not be good or great-- in fact, it feels quite shitty and difficult...but it's okay. And in that space I can find peace.
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So quit chasing happiness. I know it's been ingrained in us for many years, but I think it's misguided. You'll catch it and lose it again just as quickly. Try, for a week perhaps (and then a lifetime), striving for deep contentment in your life, with your days. Will you try it?

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