“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” The smaller the gap between what you should do, and what you actually do — the happier you will be.” … Mahatma Gandhi
Caveat: This blog is not supposed to be a pity party.
Confession: I spent an awful amount of time not happy.
I am sitting at my desk it is 18:55 on a Friday and I am looking at the mountain of things to do that have piled up all week and all day. This mountain I am looking at is just my day job mountain, there is another mountain for things I have to do at home, another mountain for things I have to do in my volunteering and there is another mountain things I am neglecting — family, friends, me — that actually doesn’t even make a pile because I can’t bear to start counting that as well.
I am reminded too that these piles don’t make me happy! What makes me happy is getting the stuff done. A few weeks ago I was really happy because I got up before the sun every day for a week and spent 3 hours before work cleaning the house as guests were coming and I needed to scrub the house — housework has been on the pile of things to do for months. I felt so happy because I was getting something done.
I spent a lot of time in this not-happy place. It is not that I am unhappy, I am just not happy.
A google on the topic, I found this nice article from dryjuly.com — which by the way I never do because most months for me are dry. I have started to do a version of dryjuly where I stop spending money — now that one is hard.
And I thought to myself, there are probably a lot of other very busy people out there in the Linkedin community that have busy lives in and out of work. I wonder how they manage their happiness, and I invite you to share if you can your ways of finding happiness in your busy demanding lives.
Please share your ideas and ways to be happy in your busy lives.