Perspective is a pretty important element in choosing to be happy. I recently saw a meme of a guy eating one slice of cake. He was happy to have his piece of cake. Underneath was a picture of a guy with an entire cake with one slice missing and he was really upset. The idea being that happy people focus on what they have while unhappy people focus on what’s missing.
How often do we focus on what we are missing? This past summer I was working really hard to lose weight. I gained more muscle and my clothes started fitting a lot better. I knew I was making progress, but instead of being happy with my progress, I focused on the number on the scale. The number wasn’t going down. I could look in the mirror and see what I had but still found myself focusing on the stupid scale.
I think this often has to do with our compulsive need to compare to others. If we weren’t comparing to others, we wouldn’t look at our success and see how it should be a bigger/better success.
“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
Choose to be happy with the progress you have made. Choose to be enough. Choose to be happy.