There seems to be a lot of advice out there on the pursuit of happiness. A lot. There are volumes of books, multitudes of websites, TV shows, and a whole lot more. Most of these talk about the bright side, and staying positive. Sunnyside up, turning the frown upside down, and paying attention to what brings odes and loads of joy.
I’m not sure about the secret of happiness deal. Other than I don’t guess that there is any secret at all. I think we are supposed to be happy from time to time. But not always. I don’t think there is any magic bullet.
In fact, if anything, the majority of the human existence seems to clamor more around experiencing the mundane. Yet, amidst that, taking the time to notice the remarkable, in what others often see as unremarkable.
And hey, hey. If you are happy, and you know it, clap those hands. Any time you like.
Mostly though. I was thinking this morning that life is more about just being OK. Satisfied and grateful.
And the way to satisfaction is to do the right thing. Not so that others know it. But that we, ourselves, know it. Deep inside. That we are OK.
It doesn’t matter about winning or losing, coming out on top, having our way, or being right. But it DOES matter how we played the game. How we acted. The things we said, and the actions we took. And when we know all of these “parts of us” are above the table, then our hearts feel fine. Just fine.
Put one foot in front of the other today, and, just be OK. A very marvelous OK. The Universe is counting on it.
“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”
Winnie the Pooh
“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”