You can’t outsource happiness


“You outsource most of your life. “Outsourcing” is obtaining goods or services from an outside supplier. This is your model for having peace, well-being, and contentment in life. You depend on an outside supplier. And so we cling. And this clinging is part of the ignorance that causes our suffering.

You say to yourself:

“If only I had…
… more money, a bigger house, a more fulfilling job, a different family, better friends, a different church, a new car, more success, the latest iPhone, improved health, less stress, someone who loved me better…

If only I could…
… lose 25 pounds, take a vacation, get married again, eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream without putting on weight, follow my dreams and passion, …
I’d be happy.”

It’s a lie. None of this is true except in your mind. That’s actually where your entire problem is – your head.

Happiness is not contingent upon an if-only-I list. We have imprisoned ourselves to that idea. We live by it.

The minutes click off, the hours roll by, the days march forward, and the years of our lives are like grains of sand in an hourglass.

Meanwhile, you suffer… in ignorance… unnecessarily.
We are born and die in an illusion, having never discovered what is real. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is a different way.”

– Jim Palmer, Notes from (Over) the Edge

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  1. donovanshaw says:

    Reblogged this on donovanshaw and commented:
    Another Goody from my mate Jim Palmer…

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