I am sure you know this quote by H.D. Thoreau: “Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder…”
Well I have found that applies not only to happiness but to any other thing we desperately need.
It seems that desperation injects some chaotic kind of energy that disperses everything we try to eagerly grasp.
Have you noticed that the more we NEED something, the more it tends to get away from us?
I have noticed it with money, love, work, health and many other things.
A friend of mine used to say that when she was single and feeling lonely nobody looked at her, but the moment she had a boyfriend, lots of guys were trying to hit on her all the time.
When you need money all the people who always tell you, you can count on them for ANYTHING you need, tend to mysteriously disappear the moment they know you need some cash.
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