The Illusive Armchair of Happiness

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We all have longings. Dreams and goals that keep us pushing forward, staying up late at night, and striving for more. Everyone one of us wants something better than what we have and who we are right now. But have you ever achieved or received exactly what you’ve always wanted—only to wake up the next morning feeling . . . empty?  Perhaps, alone? At one point or another, we all think achieving our dreams will make us happy—but we arrive, only to find happiness still slightly out of reach.

We make excuses. Maybe the next relationship will make us happy, or perhaps the next paycheck, or the next success. We hear the whisper, “Just keep pushing for more and one day you’ll be happy.” We want to believe that with enough hard work + positivity, we’ll finally retire in the armchair of pure happiness.

But what if none of it will ever make you happy? What if in the next stage of life, with the next achievement or relationship—you’ll wake up just as dissatisfied as you are now? Could it be that we were made with a desire that nothing—not the perfect family, not mended relationships, not any amount of success—in the world could ever satisfy?

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” -C.S. Lewis

{Think about it.}


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3 Responses to “The Illusive Armchair of Happiness”
  1. Ana Sofia says:

    Amen. Jesus is my happy :)

    • Ana Sofia says:

      And my success. I have had to learn this the hard way after going through two programs in college. The first one was really a shocker. I did not feel the way I thought I would. Jesus really is my (and our) success.

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