Why am I not happy?
We live in the most prosperous time in human history. If you are reading this and lucky enough to live in America, you may have become accustomed to a lifestyle that would have boggled the mind of your great grandparents for its ease and comforts. We live safer, live longer, suffer less disease, eat more meals, live in infinitely more comfortable housing, and drive stylish vehicles of amazing reliability. We are living in the lap of luxury compared to billions of people around the world. Yet, many are not happy.
It is a disease of luxury.
It’s not that we can’t see, but rather that we don’t see. We have developed a weird tunnel vision that sees only the few things we lack, rather than the abundance of generous things we possess. We will drive our luxury automobile thru the drive through at Starbucks to purchase a $5 latte after having a full breakfast at home, and instead of feeling blessed, we are annoyed that the wait will be 5 minutes to get through instead of the usual 2 minutes. Then, we pout because a woman, who walks past our car, is wearing a pair of $400 shoes we can’t afford, conveniently forgetting that the shoes we are wearing are one of dozens of pairs from our closet, which, by the way, is bulging at its seams.
Emotional cancer limits our success.
Being unhappy is like having a sinus infection. It is not severe enough to cause you to miss work, but you don’t perform at optimum level while there. Your co-workers notice you withdrawing. You don’t engage in discussions that could produce new growth because you feel off your game. You will skip meetings, because you feel blue. Bottom line… you perform at a subpar level. If you keep these behaviors up for very long, you will be passed over for promotions and probably find yourself on your boss’s blacklist. Being unhappy for long periods of time will definitely cost your pocketbook.
It is a disease that disables.
In the next few blogs, we’ll look at how to survive emotional cancer. For now, just diagnosis yourself. Get honest about your habitual thoughts and start looking for a cure.
The Master said, “I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly,” You were not meant to waste away in emotional distress. The answers are on the way. Freedom is coming.