Motivational Monday #69 Looking for Dinosaur Eggs
“If you observe a really happy person, you will find them building a boat, writing a symphony, educating their son, growing double dahlias in their garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. They will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under a radiator.”W. Beran Wolf
I love that quote. It’s one of those brilliant ones that sneaks up on you and throws you a curve ball that you just didn’t see coming.
I mean I get the point – you don’t search for happiness, you do things that will in turn make you happy. A simple, powerful and wonderful point but it’s the delivery of the point that makes the quote so magnificent.
Dinosaur eggs? Really? Never in a month of Sundays would I have thought to use the example of someone searching for dinosaur eggs to make a point about happiness. But there it is. Brilliant.
Mr Wolfe wrote that sometime in the 1930’s and I suspect that if he was around today he would feel it was even more appropriate. Whilst people are much more in tune nowadays with the concept of personal development one of the downsides of the modern personal development movement has been, in my opinion, a layer of misunderstanding.
For example people desperately read books like ‘The Secret’ looking for the magic answer that will make everything better. The promoters of these books, who have got much better at their craft since the 1930’s, create the impression that you need to read the book to find your happiness.
They create the illusion that happiness can be sought in its own right, as if it were the collar button that Mr Wolfe writes about. And sadly it’s done in such an alluring way that many of us fall under the spell. And the same could be said of many of the other popular personal development works.
The truth is, as Mr Wolf outlines, a lot simpler – live your life.
Do things that you find fascinating or enjoyable and from those actions will come a natural happiness. Modern life moves at quite a pace these days and I’ll wager that most of you reading this article will have busy jobs that demand a lot of your time. Those jobs are important and to be successful in this modern age often requires that we put in effort far outside of any contractual obligations.
And that’s okay. As long as we remember two things; first to reserve a little time and energy for living our own lives and secondly that happiness isn’t something to be found but something to be created.
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Until next time, be successful!
Stephen HartDevelopment Specialist, Edenchanges.com PS The image at the top is really large. Feel free to download the full size and use as your desktop wallpaper.