Self-focus is the greatest enemy of happiness

When self-consciousness crowds out your joy, focusing on being kind and encouraging other people can restore it. When we’re free from self-consciousness childlike silliness and playfulness come easily. Stuffy seriousness is a sign of self-focus.

Self-consciousness is a cage that keeps people from connecting heart-to-heart with other people. If you let yourself get lost in an enjoyable task or a purpose, self-consciousness will vaporize in a peaceful sunrise.

The knack of self-delusion’s a basic human characteristic. It takes a courageous, honest, and humble search for truth to overcome it Our self-colored glasses distort our perceptions of reality. The source of much of the offense, anger, and divisiveness in the world is self-consciousness.

When we focus on competing with others, we’re easily captured by self-consciousness. When we focus on serving others, we’re free.

Self-focus causes human desires to often be distorted, deceptive, and detached from reality. Years of self-focus have caused many adults forget how to have spontaneous fun–to be lighthearted–to act silly and simply enjoy the moment.

Some people are so afraid of playfulness, they feel the only way they can experience is thru alcohol or drugs. I’m so grateful that the living Jesus freed me from bondage to self-consciousness and restored childlike innocence and playfulness to my life.

Playful, innocent funniness is refreshing and helps people lighten up and connect heart-to-heart. Kind and joyful silliness soothes the soul, even in the most serious situations. Lighten up and spread some joy today.

Self-focus is the greatest enemy of happiness. Much greatness is a mere illusion that a person presents to the world. True greatness is inner character, not outward characterization.

There are all sorts of ways to sort people into categories. Skin color is dumbest.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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