Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy. ~Robert Anthony
Good morning! This quote is very important, although it is a hard one to read and contemplate. Could it really be that some people would choose to be miserable over the risk of being happy? Look around. You’ll see all the evidence you need to the truth of this quote.
Why is that, though? Why would someone choose to be miserable, or choose not to make positive changes? The answer is amazingly simple. Change is scary to many people. Positive change involves letting go of blame. Our problems and challenges can’t be someone else’s fault. We have to own them. We have to choose to move past them.
Why wouldn’t we make the choice of taking a risk toward happiness? Well, what if we don’t do it well? What if we don’t have the willpower? What if we fail? While those are all valid questions, I encourage you to ask a more important question: If you try, and don’t end up where you want to be, the worst place you’ll be is back where you started. On the other hand, if you succeed (and I know you can) where would you be?
How have you used avoidance in your own life to escape taking responsibility for creating happiness? What would happen if you took the leap today and let avoidance and blame go?
I leap toward happiness.