Too many people are looking for a quick fix; a snap solution.
They want relationship and financial problems resolved, and they want it now.
Those looking for something for nothing continually set themselves up for disappointment.
Worse still they flag themselves as easy targets for the disreputable and dishonest to exploit.
At the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart.
We all seek happiness, contentment and fulfilment.
We can have it. It's within reach.
There are people who search their entire lives in an effort to find something outside in their surroundings that has always existed inside themselves.
Then there are people who thrive in spite of their environment.
Our levels of happiness, contentment and fulfilment come from the way we react to our situations and circumstances.
It's what we choose to do with what we have that makes all the difference.
Aspiration and ambition are to be encouraged, but they can be self-destructive.
It's absolutely vital that we know and appreciate who we are before we head out into the unknown.
Self-discovery is the first step on an endless path of self-improvement.
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Change can be difficult but the results are happiness, contentment and fulfilment.
The rewards are personal. So too is the effort.
- Gary Bentley is a Rural Aid counsellor.