Tuesday, January 09, 2007

"Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself."

Alice Walker (1944- )


Blogger Michelle said...

I have seen some people who put the burden of their happiness onto other people as if they, themselves, have no control over their own feelings.

I, personally, think that we all have to be responsible for our own emotions and we can find happiness all around us and even within us if we really wanted to.

When we bring ourselves into relationships we can do so in healthy ways that contribute to the whole or we can do so in unhealthy ways that leech parasitically from the other person. Which one do you think will last the longest?

1:31 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

Michelle said it well.

We have to be happy within ourselves first & foremost. While we can enjoy being in the company of another, it is unfair to ask or expect another person to make us happy. To contribute to our well being, or contribute to our happiness opposed to detract from it, perhaps, but not to be the source of our happiness.

We must be o.k. with ourselves if we are to be able to give healthily of ourselves to another human being. If we depend on them for our happiness, they'll continually fall short & we will suck the life right out of them & the relationship.

4:14 AM  
Blogger Plain Jane said...

I have a quote over the door of my studio that reads "The happiness of my life depends on the quality of my thoughts." Even I were to win the lottery (oh please, please, please!) it wouldn't guarantee my happiness---only my own thoughts and outlook can make me happy. Okay, if George Clooney loved me, I just know I'd be happier...just kidding!!

2:53 PM  
Blogger puggimer said...

We are all responsible for our own emotions - no one can make us happy, sad, angry or depressed. We choose how we react, we make the choices that control our lives. That is one thing that each person always has and no one can take away - the choice on how to react.

9:47 AM  

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