Stop pretending that happiness is the most important thing

Finding My Voice

I saw the new movie Inside Out last night and I highly, highly recommend it. I laughed, I cried. It was perfect. And it lead to a discussion at dinner with my brother and sister-in-law. A discussion that I think is incredibly important.

A huge concept that I took away from the movie is that all emotions are important and necessary. They are necessary to growing up and maturing. Whoever wrote the script for this movie is both an excellent writer and very clearly emotionally mature and intelligent. Most notable was the theme that the movie focused on, that sadness is necessary. It is necessary for happiness. It’s a step. And as you grow older it is often a precursor to happiness and joy and other pleasant feelings. Honestly how could you know joy or happiness or contentment without also and even first knowing sadness, pain, and regret.

I’ve been…

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