Searching for Inspiration

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Searching for Inspiration

For a solid year I had this grand plan to move from Toronto to Vancouver. I thought a change of scenery would solve all my problems (feelings of stagnation in my business and a lack of inspiration in my personal work). The bottom line is I thought moving would make me happy. I’ve since realized that happiness is not necessarily tied to a particular place or to things. Happiness really does come from within, as cliche as it may sound. There is no running away from your problems, as I’m sure you know. Travelling to new places certainly helps with the feelings of boredom and stagnation, but I personally don’t feel that I need to live in these places permanently to achieve these feelings long term. I do believe it’s important to have a stable home base, at least for me. I think a place to call home and a feeling of belonging somewhere are perhaps essential to attaining inner happiness. Thus, I’ve decided to give Toronto a good-go at being that home base. The next time I consider uprooting I don’t want my reason for moving to be “I will only be happy if I move to this place.” I’m working hard to find sustainable happiness and peace within myself that isn’t just on the surface but well below.

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“When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.'”

– Dalai Lama

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“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.”

– Dalai Lama

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“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

– Dalai Lama