Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Two quotes I got in my inbox ... wonderful quotes on the pursuit of happiness.

----- "Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it."  -- Andy Rooney

----- "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."  -- Frederick Keonig

Both quotes say what we need to see, hear, and listen to. We all are chasing after happiness in some way or another, tangibly or intangibly, believing that happiness should be found outside of ourselves and certainly not from within. What a big lie! We have been brainwashed to believe that happiness is achieved from buying a gorgeous red dress with matching red stilettos, a new gadget, new house and car, much money in the bank, travel round the world, a high position and corresponding paycheck, and the like. Oh but I'm not saying all that is bad. We know that those things can lend us some amount of happiness and does help ease the drudgery of living and could be useful perks in life. Yes, I wouldn't mind a fat bank account myself. But, and it doesn't end there ... there must be more to it than just acquiring things.

There is! And it's right here .. in ourselves. It's called learning how to appreciate and value the simple pleasures and joys of life and living. Yet so simple that we often tend to take it for granted or consider it just part of the furniture. Ordinary, nakasanayan na eh. So we treat it as 'Okay fine, no big deal!'

I would disagree to that because contrary to what most think the simple pleasures of life are such big huge colossal deals. All are tremendous boosts to an otherwise mundane life. Life is crazy and we do need something to keep our sanity.

Like wonderful moments such as these.......
-- when someone unexpectedly sends off a nice greeting for you
-- when I see flower buds bloom in my tiny pot garden
-- when a nice refreshing wind blows the heat away from your day
-- when a neighbor greets you with a brilliant smile when you pass by
-- when someone remembers it's your birthday
-- when a man offers his seat to you on the train
-- when a young person opens the door for you
-- when the fruit vendor nicely puts in an extra fruit into your basket
-- when you see a glorious sunrise...  or sunset
-- when your pet dog snuggles close to you on the couch
-- when in the company of wonderful friends
-- when bonding with family on trips or travels
-- when having the family at the table sharing a blessed meal
-- when one day you find a prayer answered
-- when Divine Intervention gives you the solution you need
-- and so much more.....
Just be happy, everyone. True happiness, the kind that truly matters, comes from within. It's just there within always ready for the picking. Be blessed by it and stay blessed, too.


  1. An excellent post and I agree with you that happiness comes from within and even seemingly petty things can bring great joy.if we care to look for them.

    Here are two points that I had mentioned earlier elsewhere.

    What makes one happy need not necessarily make another happy. It varies. While fame and name makes someone happy, obscurity makes one who is spiritually inclined more satisfied. It means different things to different people. It is difficult to have a uniform definition of what makes one happy or have a device to measure happiness. Happiness is subjective, a state of mind and never the same at all times. A cup of hot coffee on a wintry day gives more happiness than the same cup on a hot and sultry day. Even on identical conditions the outcome may be different at different times.

    We cannot also measure happiness. It is varying from time to time, individual to individual, place to place and so on. “Joy has nothing to do with material things, or with man's outward circumstance...A man living in the lap of luxury can be wretched, and a man in the depths of poverty can overflow with joy.” It is for each individual to identify what brings happiness to oneself without causing unhappiness to others and pursue the same. But one thing can be said with reasonable certainty. Happiness is contagious. If we mix with happy people, our mind also gets directed to ways of deriving happiness. Negative people bring misery.

    1. Hi KP! Thanks for sharing your enlightening insights and thoughts on the subject. All good and true. But true as it may be I don't bother about differences. It can only be understood in its rightful context as you have done. Only those of our similarities do I write as I revel in its beauty and intrinsic value. Maybe one day with the right mood I might write about some differences which in-spite of it still contribute to the wonderful experience called life and living.

      Thanks for dropping by and for your insightful comments. I always look forward to such. Blessings to you and your family.

  2. Thanks for sharing :D
    It was all I needed to made my day perfect ^_^
    Stay blessed.

    1. Hi Aqsa! Delighted that it is! Thank you for coming by and for your comment. It's so appreciated.

      By the way, saw your post and liked it very much; left a comment there. I shall look forward to more such interesting pieces of writing in your blog.

      Blessings to you and your loved ones.


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