I have been asking myself what is real happiness and why do we want it so bad.

Is it our need to be contented and satisfied with what we possess and what we do in our daily lives? Or, is it that state when the meanings of sadness and its entourage of lonely synonyms vanish from our consciousness?Β Will attaining it, experiencing it and living it makes us finally happy?

From the movie Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lecter enigmatically commented in his macabre way of thinking what we probably do right now: we covet.

Yes, in search of happiness, most of the time we covet.

What? Material objects which are possessed by others more fortunate or, what else, happier than us. Ideal relationships we do not have. Or, anything in our definition that would make us happy.

Yet, it will not always be enough for us if we get it. There will always be the craving for more, and more, and more.

People will say that they’re happy in life. I don’t doubt their sentiment. But look closely, they continue their lives searching for real happiness.

What is it, really?Β Are we talking about the same thing here?

I am happy but I am not discouraged if tomorrow or any other day I will not attain total bliss. Perhaps, I have lower expectations, lesser needs, a different point of view of what real happiness is all about.

Believe it or not, to be alive could be considered pure happiness. πŸ™‚



34 thoughts on “Admission

  1. I think real happiness is just being free to feel, even feel sadness, because then you don’t have to be scared of it anymore. It passes. It’s all a part of the shifting, swirling world. And we’re free to be vulnerable and joyful whenever we want to be.

    1. I love experiments. I am glad you like it. πŸ™‚
      As to the questions, we will have our own answers and I believe our answers fit our personal wishes. πŸ™‚

    1. It’s free, that is, to wish. Realistically, we should know the limits. Illusions could be harnessed as challenges. If we really want it, we have to work hard to realize it.

      1. Go play with the dog or cats or kalabaw and I go feed my cats. This is a good time to think of another story. I’m not suppose to be talking, I’m on silent retreat until lent. Cheer up.

      2. I admire your devotion. I have to think of a story about that. πŸ™‚
        It’s raining outside so I guess I have to stay in front of the computer and wish for the best.
        Have a peaceful retreat. Hope everything works great up there.

      1. Yes, we do complicated our lives…I notice when we do not have hydro for long periods of time, life seems to be so simply; Maybe that’s why so many love going camping summers for a real break.

      2. When we make a list of what will make us happy, it will be very long. But when we feel what makes us happy, you can use your fingers to point them out. πŸ™‚

      3. So true…the morning of 911, I was at the Vets with my dog who had just died, my daughter was with me but my son was 6 hours away…I just wanted the 3 of us to be together at the very moment…nothing else mattered.

  2. I take a pragmatic approach. Maybe it was A. Lincoln (not sure) who said “Most people are as happy as they want to be.” I always liked the saying because there is some truth to it. Conversely, most people are as miserable as they want to be. Unfortunately, a lot of people want to be miserable – and take others along on the ride with them.

    Interesting post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. That’s the thing with happiness, there are a thousand ways to achieve it. πŸ™‚
      As to being miserable, you’re probably right.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. πŸ™‚

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