Reclaiming Our Happiness


This Davide Whyte passage came into my awareness this week and I just knew I had to pass it on to you.

“Why is it so difficult to take that first, necessary, close-in, courageous step to reclaiming our happiness in life? Perhaps, because taking that step leads to a kind of radical internal simplification, where, suddenly, large parts of us, parts of us we have kept gainfully employed for years, often rehearsing the old story, are suddenly out of a job.

“There occurs, in effect, a form of internal corporate downsizing, where the parts of us that do not wish to participate or have nothing now to offer are let go, with all of the accompanying death-like trauma, and where the last fight occurs, a rear guard disbelief that this new, less complicated self, is all that is needed for the new possibilities ahead.

“It is always hard to believe that the courageous step is so close to us, that it is closer than we ever could imagine, that in fact, we already know what it is, and that the step is simpler, more radical than we had thought: which is why we so often prefer the story to be more complicated, our identities clouded by fear and the answer safely in the realm of impossibility.”

I find myself at a crossroads in several situations where I can see how I need to downsize the parts I’ve employed for years to tell me my old story. They don’t want to go. I’m reluctant to fire them. But we all know the change is necessary. I’m scared of who I might be without that story. Dropping masks and armor is pretty terrifying. I know, though, that doing so will open up a world of possibility and love.

What downsizing do you need to do?

2 Responses to Reclaiming Our Happiness

  • Lila says:

    The demons are being let go, one by one. I need to make room for the long missing aspects of me that are coming home, so.. someone has to go.

    Though I’m sure they’ll stop by for tea and scones now and again, and I’ve learned a lot from them, through them, I understand they serve no further, healing, purpose to me now and so I am letting them go. (Not to mention their wages were through the roof!! Expensive visitors..)

    • Katrina says:

      Nice Lila!!
      I love the piece you mentioned about how, when we let go of our demons, that makes room for other amazing aspects that are waiting to return. I’ve seen this so many times when I do healings with people.
      And I also like how you’re honoring the demons…they do indeed play important roles, but when their time is up, it’s up. :)

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