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Happiness doesn't just happen. Well, okay, sometimes it does. The hormones align, there's sunshine, and we break through the mental clouds to find a moment of bliss. (Like taste-testing new cheeses. Mmm.) We'll call this "pleasure".
Real happiness is a lasting sense of well being, a constant and underlying sense that all is good--or that which we can control is good. It's a satisfaction with not only ourselves, but the direction we're taking in life and our accomplishments.
Some people make the mistake of blindly fumbling through life. They take what they're given and grumble about how things stink. They blame the government, their parents, their kids, the world for everything that's wrong, never stopping to consider how they can change things--if they open their eyes and aim for something better.
Happiness is a process. It's a journey, but there is no journey without a destination or "X". So what destination are you aimed toward?
Admiring your Dad! That's a great way to life, exploring various nooks & corners of life.ReplyDelete
Happiness is a process... very true!
Keep Smiling :)
He was a pretty great guy.Delete
Wow, multi-talented dad! But I think you're right about goals and happiness. Striving for something gives you a sense of purpose, which contributes to happiness.ReplyDelete
It's so true. If you don't feel like you have a purpose, where what kind of self esteem would you have?Delete
Couldn't agree with you more. Happiness comes from doing things that mean a lot to you. It's part of the journey, not the destination.ReplyDelete
My happiness comes from singing and writing, mainly. :-)
And eating cheese.Delete
Oh wait, this is you, not me. =)
Through the whole thing I was wondering what X is, but now I get it. That's a good point, thanks for the reminder!ReplyDelete
My nice hidden X? Beware, he bites.Delete
Your dad is more like my mum - doing so many things at once. But dad, although he only learned to read and write as an adult, he is still my hero. He put me to school and was very proud that I did well - at a time when daughters was still encouraged to get ready for early marriage.ReplyDelete
And happiness - it means you have your creamiest cheese. I just saw that Crystal ;)
Aw--what a great daddy!Delete
Yes, but in a variety--so I can enjoy the full flavor spectrum. Mmmm.
Happiness is a state of mind. Your Dad sounds bloody awesome. I love him.ReplyDelete
Yuppers for sure. That he is.Delete
It's wonderful that your father lived how he "preached." It's so important for kids to see that and not just hear it. Being told "you can do anything" is great but seeing it in your parents or others around you is a true gift.ReplyDelete
You can say that again. =)Delete
I hope you have some sense of the JOY you've packed in to these posts.ReplyDelete
Your post is "spot on" for me today.
Happy A to Z -
You're welcome! (That was the goal.) ;)Delete
My Dad was the same way--not so much an adventurer, but a go getter getting projects done and being a do-it-yourselfer. I clearly get my ambition from him lol. Love this post, and it brought back great memories of helping my dad fix the cars :)ReplyDelete
Me too! I used to sit next to him and retrieve tools or bolts. Ah, good memories.Delete
this post explains a lot about you crystal---i can tell you are a real go getter and get tougher the tougher the getting goes!!!! nice post:)ReplyDelete
Lynn, it takes one to know one, right? ;)Delete
i wish, but thanks :)Delete
Completely agree that happiness and progress is inextricably linked together.ReplyDelete
Like milk and cheese, eh?Delete
Your dad sounds like an interesting guy. And what a person to grow up with!ReplyDelete
Indeed, he was.Delete
Great post, wow, what a guy & example to live by, also brought great memories of helping my Dad when I was a kid, sure do miss him -- unfortunately I sometimes fall in the fumbling around category, but I'm trying!ReplyDelete
Nothing says he didn't occasionally fumble. I do all the time. I think as long as we have a basic idea of what we're after and consistently reach toward it, we'll eventually get there.Delete
You have amazing parents. They are great examples to you and certainly have impacted you into the wonderful person you are. I hope to meet your father one day. I met your mom plenty, but I think your dad was already gone before you and I got to be really good friends. I don't remember. What an amazing man, and what an amazing person you are. Example really is the best teacher, isn't it?ReplyDelete