"To live remains an art which everyone must learn, and which no one can teach." ~Havelock Ellis
Have you ever noticed how you feel when you hear one of your favorite happy songs?
For the 3 minutes or so while the song is playing, your life actually seems better. Something about the music makes you feel that life is really pretty great. It's almost like you're starring in movie about you -- with your own personal background music playing along to punctuate the wonder of your amazing life.
Another similar scenario is when you are reading something inspirational or listening to an uplifting talk from someone. While you are reading or listening, you are jazzed. "Yes, that is exactly what I needed to read (or hear). I'm going to apply that to my life right away. This is the solution I've been looking for."
And for about an hour, you are on this high, thinking you've reached a peak moment or a transformational insight that will change your life. You can almost feel the new life emerging at that very moment.
Both of these experiences are like wearing sunglasses. Everything seems crisper and brighter when you're wearing them. But once you take them off, the world is just as it's always been. (more…)