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Your happiness doesn’t depend on anyone or anything… It’s up to you. And there is something you can do about it!

This is a great quote from Helen Keller. It is the uncommon common sense approach to life I find missing in over planned bureaucratic and technocratic settings. We need to be patient and see with new, fresh eyes. What did I miss? The more we try control the less we control.



When you look deeply into the nature of this thing called life and begin to understand what life is and the way the mind works, you will come to realize that in fact your happiness does not depend on any outside circumstances, events or people. This is the core realization. This is the heart of this understanding. When things begin to fall apart and then you begin to see what’s really going on, you will discover that the happiness you seek is an internal event, an internal experience. And that this internal experience has nothing to do with all the things you were programmed to believe your happiness depended on! And this is why I say this is the good news… because it means you’re free! You are free! Your happiness doesn’t depend on anyone or anything… It’s up to you. And there is something you can do about it!



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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

9 responses »

  1. Sometimes we look at the closed door that the open one closes as well

  2. This quote is so true….now get my eyes off the closed door☺

  3. Thank you for sharing this. It’s so accurate.

  4. She was such a wise woman. Thanks for sharing this Ivon; especially the thoughts on control. It’s so true the more we try to control the less we control. And ashamed as I am to admit it I’ve been very impatient with folks this week. Wish I could screw out my brain and have a look in there. Or maybe as Helen says, it’s a heart issue???

    • Elizabeth, I feel that way many days and want to take a peak inside to figure out what is going on. It seems human nature has the control aspect we cannot get away from. It is a heart issue.


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