When we try to please people we become their slaves. We become their slaves because everything we do is to ensure their own happiness. The problem with that equation is that you are forfeiting your own happiness for the happiness of others. With the exception of a spouse, you must ask yourself; “If I’m trying to please everyone, who is trying to please me?” Chances are the answer is no one.
Don’t get caught up in trying to make everyone happy. I know I always say that anything is possible but this is the exception. It is impossible to make everyone happy. In fact, that should never be a goal of yours. Shift the focus to yourself; work on making yourself happy. Your ultimate goal is to try to please God anyway, not man.
Think of your life as a subway train and you’re the conductor. You have a finite destination and many people will come into your life along the way; some will get off early, some may never get on and very few will ride with you until the end. At any rate, at all times focus on the destination. Bill Cosby once said, “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody”. Remove that need of wanting to make everyone happy; you simply can’t.
Happiness comes from within; you cannot reasonably expect someone else to fill that void.
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