We’ve all heard the saying “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side”. But despite the truth in this saying, we still spend a lot of life’s moments fantasizing about scenarios that allow us an escape from our present reality. We create stories that paint beautiful pictures of things being just a little bit different and vividly watch ourselves finally finding some peace and happiness.
Unfortunately, this process of thought is a thief of our joy. We think if our outside circumstances change then our internal circumstances (emotions and feelings) will change too. We are trying to address an internal problem with an external solution. We move forward with trying to change all of the things we try to blame our unhappiness on. We blame our partners, our friends, our job, our family, and where we live for how we feel inside.
The problem with this discontentment of our current circumstance is that the human brain is wired to live in the future.
So, once we fulfill that desire we’re longing for, our mind will fixate on something else that will put happiness and contentment just out of our reach.
The bottom line is this; we cannot escape from ourselves. We live our entire life inside our own head and it is our perceptions of our situations (the stories we tell ourselves) that shape who we are, not the circumstances and situations themselves.
When you change your perceptions and stop listening to the stories you're telling yourself, your view of the outside will become much clearer.
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