Welcome All! I'm a dreamer, I hope you are too! A Posse ad Esse, or From possibility to reality, is a general state of mind. I hope you'll share your possibilities with me as I will with you. Namaste~

April 12, 2007


Everyday, every one of us is searching for something. It’s something that often seems just around the corner. We just know that it’s something we can “get”. We almost have it, or we know we will when ___, you fill in the blank. What is it that consumes so much of our lives? What is this elusive thing that we all crave?
Happiness. When was the last time that you really felt happy? Not just alright, or okay but really happy? I guess before I can go much further I need to explain what I mean.
Most of the time, I am pretty happy with my life. I have a beautiful wife, great kids, and live in a nice home. But is that happiness? For that matter what is happiness? Is it a long term situation or one that comes and goes like the wind? I have tried to define happiness many times in my life. As a child I thought happiness was getting what I wanted when I wanted it. Later, in High School, I thought happiness would be making my own decisions and charting my own course. Yet later in life I thought happiness was something that came from what I had; cars, job, money, fun. Looking back on it, the one common thread I see for myself was the constant association of happiness with some thing “out there”, something that I didn’t have or didn’t have enough of.
I guess to define happiness one would need to define what happiness is not. Rather a Zen perspective I know, but bear with me. Let’s assume that happiness is not something that’s conveyed through acquisitions. We can also accept as fact that happiness is not a constant state of mind, or we wouldn’t be having this conversation would we? The dictionary defines “
unhappy” as 1) Sad or sorrowful; and 2) Not satisfied; displeased or discontented. Either way the unhappiness or state of being “not happy” as I see it is from not accepting the current situation. I was not a great student in school; I wasn’t a dunce mind you, but I had an aversion to homework and this landed me in summer school more than once. During one summer of pre-algebra, I was lucky enough to have a teacher who imparted to me the phrase that I have referred to more times than any other. "Happiness is being where you are." This simple thought has over time grown on me and become very much one of my core beliefs. When you are wanting, wishing, hoping or just thinking about the things you want that you don't have, or the places you want to be that you are not at, you are not being where you are. When you live in the future, or dwell on the past, you are not being where you are. These are, for me anyway, the times that I am the most discontent or unhappy. I try to not indulge myself in this thinking too often, but hey, I ain't perfect. Remember that thought though, and hold it in your mind on those times when you can feel the blues creeping in. We all have some blessings in our lives. Whether that is health, family, passion, or profession. Happiness is being where you are. Hold dear each moment you have, and when it passes, enjoy the next.


Anthony said...

Wow, powerful post. Thanks for reminding me to take some time to appreciate where I am. I agree that with a busy life it's easy to forget to take a moment to be happy where you are. Thanks!

P~ said...

Thanks Anthony. Every once and a while the synapses start firing together and I put out something coherant. I'm glad you enjoyed it, I'm just pleased to know someone actually reads me once and a while.

Anonymous said...

Such a simple truth and yet I have to continually remind myself. Thanks!

P~ said...

Thank you Heather, I hope you'll continue to check in once and a while and stay happy.

Anonymous said...

I have never heard that definition of happiness before. It's almost more of a clue. But I believe it and am looking forward to mulling that over in the course of day's events.

Anonymous said...

When I think of happiness a Sheryl Crow song, Soak Up the Sun with the line, "it's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got." comes to mind. I've often thought about that line and how it relates to happiness. You post just brings it home :)

(I'm not necessarily endorsing Sheryl Crow, or promoting her or anything like that.)

P~ said...

Yes Yes, That's it exactly! I can't say that I'm in that mindset all the time, but if I try to at least keep it in mind most of the time, I feel a lot less unhappy with what I don't have.

P.S. Are you the same Anonymous as Heather from above? just trying to keep my anonymous readers straight? Don't be afraid to type something in the Name box. I won't bite. :)