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Why Can’t I Just Be Happy

5 comments | May 9th, 2012

(story submitted anonymously, by a Chestist)

I started a new job about 3 months ago and I'm so happy.  I'm learning and contributing.  I like my boss, like my co-workers and am making significantly more money.  It's all great so why is there this little voice in my head that keeps wondering when the honeymoon will be over.  Why can't I just be happy and in the moment?  {end story}

Does it ever seem like you're more present when things suck then when things are good?  When things are good and you feel great, do you swim in the happiness or keep witing for the other shoe to drop?



  • MCS

    Posted on May 9, 2012

    Waiting for the other shoe to drop is the story of my life. Isn’t it strange that so many of us seem to swim in our negative emotions and kick our happy ones to the street? What is up with that? Why isn’t it easier to swim in the good and kick the rest to the street?

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  • Drink With a Straw

    Posted on May 9, 2012

    Past, future, what was and didn’t need to be, what might be and probably won’t. I am rarely present.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on May 9, 2012

    I don’t think being pragmatic is bad. Jobs like most relationships and even new clothes have a honeymoon period. Sometimes things are so new we haven’t had time for them to be anything other then great. That they won’t always be great is just the way things are. Not being great doesn’t mean they’ll be bad.

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  • Kass

    Posted on May 9, 2012

    I was telling my therapist about waiting for the other shoe just today, because things have been going so well I’m afraid of cracking up. He said, “You’re not cracking up, you’re breaking out of your shell. Of course it’s uncomfortable, because you’re not used to the feeling. Enjoy the grace.” So I say to you, enjoy the grace of your awesome new job.

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