Happiness is just like a helium balloon. It is full, vibrant, and loves soaring and feeling airborne. However, it is very, very light, and is the most powerful when it is free. Worry, anger, frustration, grudges, materialism and a world of other things are like tiny sandbags.
Many people believe that they keep you grounded and at an appropriate level of display, when in reality they just drag you down and keep you from soaring. At first, you will strain against the strings, pulling them taut as you reach for the sky, but eventually you will tire, and like that balloon, you begin to lose yourself. The strings bow, the balloon sags and gets lower and lower to the ground, until someone comes along and finally pops it. You must cut the strings. If there is a problem and you can fix it, fix it. If there is a problem you cannot fix, move on and find a way to live your life around it. People don’t soar much these days…perhaps that’s why children always let the balloon fly into the sky: so they can see the triumph of a free, happily soaring balloon. Don’t willingly fill the sandbags that pull you to the ground. This is how I try to live, and how I am teaching Sierra to live.