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“Most people are searching for happiness.  They are trying to find it in someone or something outside of themselves.  That’s a fundamental mistake.”   Wayne Dyer



A story told by Wayne Dyer

A man is getting ready to go out one night when suddenly there is a power black out.  He can see nothing in front of him or behind him, and in his anxiousness to leave, he drops the keys.  He sighs and realizes, it is pointless trying to find them in the dark.  But then he looks outside and sees there is a street light on and says, “Why would I look for my keys here in the dark when there is a light on outside?”

And so he begins to look for his keys under the light outside, when a neighbor comes out and asks, “What are you doing?”  He replies, “I’m looking for my car keys” and so, together they look for them. After several minutes the neighbor finally asks, “Where did you actually drop the keys?”  To which he replies, “Inside the house!” Frustrated, the neighbor says, “Why would you look outside for something that can only be found on the inside?!

Where are we looking to create change or for things we need in life?


17 thoughts on “Search within

  1. I have heard this story Karen from Wayne himself on YouTube where he says that he had kept it on the shelves but searched and searched finally one of his children saw and gave it to him. Yes this is what we all are in a nutshell. There is no focus nor awareness. A lovely and apt story for searching for happiness.

  2. I really enjoyed this post, Karen. Wayne Dyer was the very first motivational speaker I started following back in the ’80s (yup, I’m THAT old) when I bought his book and audio cassette program entitled “The Psychology of Winning.” After authoring several books on self-motivation and self-improvement Dyer felt a shift occur in his thinking that led him to explore the spiritual aspects of human experience. The first thing that drew me to him so many years ago, was his ability to tell stories and weave his storytelling skills into the delivery of his message. That’s why his messages were so effective to me. A great post, thank you …

    1. He is a great storyteller and I think we all learn and create change from this style of teaching. He was a great man. Thanks for sharing 💕💚

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