Tuesday, May 29, 2007

the pursuit of happYness

Today, I'm in the mood to keep writing. It makes me happy. What else does? Let's make a list.
  • Music
  • Movies
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Friends/Family
  • Oops...at this point I'm thinking.
  • Still thinking.
  • Ok, I will stop here.
Anyone can come up with such a list. Even after listing top 5-10 things on the list, we continue to think about what other things we need. The point is, do we ever stop at this list?

I think we should, and be greatful that we have what we have. If anyone has got most of these going for him/her, he should be very lucky to have such a Life. I'm talking about the pursuit of happYness, rather than the happYness itself. After watching the movie with the same title as this post, it came hitting hard with the message - that how easily we take everything for granted.

Are we spending more time in pursuit, rather than living the moments of happYness? It's time to take a long, deep look at it. It bothers me. The movie has the real-life father-son duo playing father and son, struggling to find the next dollar, the next place to spend the night. Each moment is a question mark on the next one. A battle for the food and shelter. Can the father afford to spare any time to make a list like I did above? Don't think so, because he can't take things for granted - like we do, for instance. He needs to fight every single battle to keep him and his son going up against the big War.

"If we stop trying to be happy, we could eventually be happy."
~ Unknown

"Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present."
~ W. Somerset Maugham
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