Thursday, October 20, 2005

True Happiness

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Happiness is not externally produced then purchased and applied to grief or sadness. If we go through life without some degree of happiness the fault is our own. We can find it inside or invite it there by design, but it will simply not barge its way past a locked door, no matter our status or situation.
The poor and the wealthy have the same capacity for unhappiness, they simply have some different reasons for being melancholy. But all of us have the same reason for seeking a happier state. Being satisfied with any less just goes against human nature. We are a greedy breed with a natural urge to feel good as often as possible.
And every person has a similar path that leads to the place inside where it flows from. The ease or difficulty of that personal trail does not depend upon the size of a bank account. But it does depend on the amount of commitment you put into finding even a grain of joy and building upon it, no matter how faint.
Tranquility is defined as stillness. Internal serenity is not an effortless endeavor. Time must be utilized wisely. Truth must be faced squarely, no matter how unpleasant. The blame game cannot be pulled out to ease your journey; it only mucks things up to place the fault for your unhappiness upon other shoulders. But silence of the soul is worth whatever must be overcome to reach its borders.