Have you ever noticed how your happiness baseline—the bundle of things you consider essential for satisfaction—constantly shifts? That’s because it’s based on what you’re currently used to, and what you’re currently used to is, well, current.
I recently grumbled about having to drive to an ATM in order to deposit a check. And yet, not many years back I thought ATMs were the bees knees: “Woo-hoo! I don’t have to go inside the bank anymore!” Now I consider ATMs primitive, and expect all of my banking to be done online. My happiness baseline shifts. Constantly.
Perhaps it would be easier if, instead of trying to meet these constantly shifting expectations, I were to remind myself–every time I start to grumble–that only two things matter: I am loved. And I have a purpose. No shifting sand there, just solid rock (Matthew 7:24-25). It’s time to move my happiness baseline to a new address. Or, as the case may be,
Remind myself where I live.