“We cannot achieve more in life than what we believe in our heart of hearts we deserve to have.”
~James R. Ball

We all seek happiness but to be happy takes physical energy and lot of it, mental clarity, and emotional balance. If you ask anyone what happiness means to them, they’ll most likely give you a list of things that they believe will bring or has brought happiness into their lives, family, great relationships, that dream job or something they own and some may say you have to be lucky enough to live a good life in order to be happy. There’s a great association with living that good life and happiness because there’s a paradigm that life has to be perfect, things have to be going well in order to birth some form of happiness.


In the grandiose scheme of things happiness is more than living a good life, it’s more than your possessions, good relations or having a dream job. Happiness is believing you deserve the things that you have! it doesn’t matter how many doors were slammed in your face or how many times others took credit for your work because some people are great at accepting credit but terrible at giving it when it is due, what matters is what you believe.

Do you believe in your own abilities? Great! More door will be opened to you than those that were shut.

Do you believe in the work you put out there for others? Fine! You will find someone who appreciates and will give you credit for your work.

This is not about entitlement. It’s not about putting your needs or happiness in the hands of someone else and expecting them to perform, there’s a huge difference between believing in yourself and believing the world owes you something because of your circumstances.

There was no change of hands, you chased your dream and now reaping the rewards.

Success didn’t come wrapped in pretty packaging, you failed, failed again but you kept going.

Entitlement does not bring happiness, believing you deserve it does.


~Happy Friday

©Etta D. Richards