“I’ve pursued dreams and achieved them, but I don’t think anybody should think their life is incomplete if they don’t follow some dream. Happiness doesn’t come from achievements, or money, or any sort of treasure. Happiness is a frame of mind, not a destination. It’s appreciating what you’ve got and building relationships with those around you.” – Janette Rallston
The most important part of this quote is the last two sentences. “…Happiness is a frame of mind, not a destination. It’s appreciating what you’ve got and building relationships with those around you.” Too many people link happiness with some achievement, level of success, or future event down the road. Often you hear things like “I’ll be happy if I win this event”, “If I could just lose 10 more pounds that’s all I’d want!”, “When I make a million dollars I’ll be happy and be able to retire” so on and so on. This connection of happiness with personal wants and desires, material or immaterial is a major fallacy in the thinking of a vast number of people.
Admittedly, I was the same way not long ago. I equated happiness with some future event or the fulfillment of one desire or another. Now though my eyes have been opened to different ways of achieving happiness in life. (Not to sound too self-righteous, for I still find myself connecting happiness with the possession of material goods or what not. To me this is not so much a bad thing as long as its not your major reason for living. ) Recently, I’ve found a large amount of satisfaction and happiness in helping other people. Specifically, as a Cross Fit and endurance athletics coach. Discovering that happiness is a choice that you can make and a frame of mind you can put yourself in is extremely liberating. Do not limit your happiness by waiting for something you think will make you happy.
It’s true what Janette Rallston says in the quote about happiness being a state of mind rather than a destination. Happiness is therefore something that we can have all the time instead of just moments of achievement or procurement of some wish or desire. It’s a condition of the mind and body that can be summoned by the smallest things if we open our minds to this idea.
Don’t go looking for happiness. It’s not something you find. It’s as simple as this: just BE happy! Tolstoy sums it up well for us…
Warm-up: Stretching with PVC, 500m row, 5 HRPU x 3, 5 KB swings at 35lbs x 3, 10 A/S x 3.
Strength: DE bench press 9 x 3 every :45s @ 60% 1RM.
Completed at 130lbs
Conditioning WOD: Elizabeth 21-15-9 of cleans and ring dips. *Scaled to 115lbs on the cleans and to 15-9-6 on the ring dips
Completed 5 iterations