On the matter of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness I have long been a proponent of the notion that you must first be free within your limitations before you can be free of your limitations. Accepting limitations as they now are does not require acquiescence, only the willingness to rest in them while looking for the doors of opportunity that lead to future growth and prosperity.
If you are unhappy, you likely feel pressured by the strictures of present circumstance. You may try to give the feeling a body, attributing your malaise to someone or something, but the fact is that you are confined momentarily much as a fetus is held securely within the mother’s womb.
If you act out of reaction to the sense of restriction, you will likely do harm to the womb of progress and cloud your ability to perceive the narrow passage that leads to the birth of your next opportunity. Conversely, if you stay on point, alert and appreciative for the circumstances exactly as they are configured, you will be able to strike when the time is right with an abundance of energy, focus and enthusiasm.
The pursuit of happiness is linked to your ability to handle pressure. Settling or compromising in any way to relieve the pressure you feel inevitably dilutes the potential for happiness. Many people abort the natural cycles of creative activity that would lead to a complete and joyous outcome by virtue of impatience, which is often nothing more than a reaction to a feeling of discomfort. When you keep it together, that is, when you keep yourself together – body, mind and heart – in relation to the challenges you face at the moment, your chances for success improve greatly. The full experience of happiness is a natural by-product of the unattenuated maintenance of integrity.