Recently, I ran across an old photograph taken when I was dating Scott, whom I’d eventually marry.
In the photo, Scott has his arm around my waist. I’m smiling, but it looks like a smile I’m not feeling inside. I remember why. Before our date, I stood in front of my mirror with a mascara wand, nervously pinpointing flaws and wishing I were someone a little … different.
When I saw the photograph 20 years later, I took pity on the younger me. She was beautiful. She was falling in love. She had a great job offer in front of her, and a few days later, she would take it. She should have been happy! Instead, she was missing her own life.
Hindsight is a terrific teacher.
Looking at the photo, I thought about all the happiness we give away while wishing for something different.
This year, I took a dare from God to cultivate more happiness in my life. During my Happiness Dare, I identified four major Happiness Hijackers. One of those hijackers tries to convince us of this: If you could just be like her, then you’d be happy.
Read the rest over at Proverbs 31 Ministries, and overcome this Happiness Hijacker.
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