The Pursuit Of Happiness

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Simple pleasures


             Just for a minute, think about where you’re gonna be five to ten years from now. Are your priorities going to be the same then? Will you still want the same thing then? Will you be married in ten years? Or maybe engaged? Or will you still be the person who’s still single at your friends’ weddings?

Of course, no one can say for certain but when you think of it, that tends to show you who you are and who you want to be. Now go back 2-3 years and think. Are you where you thought you’d be? Are you satisfied with the person you are? Do you wonder if you could have become a better person? Have you become a better person? Are your priorities the same?

That, my friends, are some questions that will bother us all through out our lives. At every phase in our lives, we will want different things. Our goals will be different. In the midst of the chaos and the constant changing of goals, it’s important to look at the smaller things in life. These small things can act as silver linings to the cloud that is hope and expectation. We all must learn to appreciate the things in life we take for granted.

The moment we begin to appreciate the smaller things in life, that is the moment we go one step closer to being content. And we all know, one cannot truly be happy unless they are content. The human heart is a tricky thing. It can never really be satisfied. We will always want more. That is where the problem starts. Just be content with what you have. This does not mean that you stop working for more success. No. It just means that you should not sacrifice your present for your future. It is okay to work for a better tomorrow. Just don’t forget the beauty and the magic of today.

William Henry Channing once said, “To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common–this is my symphony.”

Pursuit of happiness


One cannot ignore the smaller and simpler things in life. In today’s world, things like family, friends and love tend to get neglected sometimes. One cannot simply live a life isolated form those things. Be grateful that you have people who care for you and who love you because you never know what might happen tomorrow. At times, things might seem hard. Sometimes, we all think about our purpose in life. What is it that we are here to do? Can we do great things too? The answer is simple. We all cannot do great things. You and I, we are not freedom fighters nor are we accomplished researchers. We do not know if we will do great things in the future. No one does. But for now, do not concentrate on doing great things, do small things with great love and passion. That will lead you somewhere. 

We were born alone and that is the way we die. What really matters is the journey in between. We all have our dreams and our aspirations but never forget one  simple thing : The day you start thinking that love is overrated, that is the day you are wrong. 

Sketch By: Sneha Lakhotia