“Do what makes you happy.”
This may be the absolute worst advice I’ve ever heard.
What if what makes you happy is more sleep, a box of Twinkies, and four hours of Netflix?
Is that a real life plan? Is the purpose of life composed of a string of events correlating to instant gratification?
Gary Keller, author of The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, writes, “I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”
Chasing happiness is like running after butterflies. You’ll get tired and they’ll fly away. If its butterflies you’re after, put on your coveralls and grab a shovel. Build a garden, fill it with multi-colored flowers and herbs, and place benches around a fountain in the center. Invite your friends to sit and watch as butterflies, bees, and dragonflies appear as if out of nowhere.
Are you building gardens or emptying Twinkie boxes?