Motivational Monday #69 Looking for Dinosaur Eggs


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 Hart

Development Specialist,
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4 comments on “Motivational Monday #69 Looking for Dinosaur Eggs

  1. paulmcmenamy says:

    Great quotation. The essence of hapiness is to really also appreciate the very simple things – a conversation with a good friend, a piece of music you love coming on the radio, or a piece you never heard before that really lifts you, stopping for a minute to really notice what’s around you (especially if there’s some trees around for me – look up!), and so on. Life gives us many moments of opportunity every single day to help balance the challenging and stressful moments. Thanks for your Monday reminder Stephen.

    • edenchanges says:

      Thanks for the comment Paul and you make some great points. The poem ‘Leisure’ by W H Davies has been a life long favourite of mine and he echos your points beautifully in the first two verses when he writes:

      “WHAT is this life if, full of care,
      We have no time to stand and stare?—

      No time to stand beneath the boughs,
      And stare as long as sheep and cows”

      Delighted you enjoyed the blog and many thanks for commenting.

  2. Lottie says:

    Very true, although its easy to forget this during a busy day :-)

    • edenchanges says:

      Very true. Maybe one answer to the quandary is to find some of the life satisfaction in the things that make the day busy.

      My other thought it that it is so important to carve out some time for searching for dinosaur eggs that it should come before many of the lesser obligations that fill our days. In many ways this links to what I was talking about last week and about making choices.

      Thanks for commenting and I hope you find the time to day to search for some eggs!

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