Happiness is a truly chimeral human condition. It comes and goes like wisps of smoke, and at the very moment we think we have it in hand, it drifts beyond our grasp. Sometimes it comes as a great blast of light, music and happy voices, and sometimes it tip toes into our consciousness and suffuses our soul like a warm fire on a winter’s day. In all cases it is an intoxicating condition, and we all have experienced it sometime in our lives.
In her inimitable manner, my Grandma used to say “Happy is as happy does”, and she went about her life in the belief that God had directed her to make her happiness by doing all things that she felt called upon to do…loving my Grandpa; her children and grandchildren, and making a clean safe home for them all.
Perhaps the trickiest part of happiness is our ongoing search for it. In this respect, I am reminded of the words of the poet Nathaniel Hawthorne who, when asked about happiness, opined that: “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
In our ongoing search, perhaps it’s time to try this method!