Copyright 2013 Roberta Gallagher

Contentment and fulfillment are never wholly the result of external events or situations. Though life’s joyful moments can ignite the spark of contentment within us, that spark is fueled by serenity long established in our souls. When we forget this, it is easy to become stuck in “if only” patterns of thought.

If we concentrate on the natural serenity that exists within us, however, we can move forward unimpeded by disappointment.

The circumstances you live through each day have the potential to bring both joy and despair into your life. Relying on the reactions they awaken within you to create an emotional foundation means living on a roller coaster of feeling whose course is determined by chance.

Though you may yearn for the object of your desire – be it a new job, financial health, a spouse, or some other symbol of success, you have within you the power to be happy without it. Letting go of your “if only” thinking patterns can be easy: try creating a list of your “if onlys” then literally and figuratively let go of the items on the list by tearing it up.

Change your life in which you find yourself tempted to seek a magic formula for fulfillment that is centered upon a single goal or achievement. The ingredients that come together to form the seeds of happiness that can sustain your spirit throughout the triumphs and trials of existence come from within rather than from without.

When your search for satisfaction is focused on your soul, you will never fail to find the joy you seek.

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