I want to be happy

by Rod Smith

The Mercury – Monday

“I just want to be happy.”

I hear it over and over again – usually with a little whine in the tone.

It’s often whimpered as if happiness is some sort of award or something that may descend upon a person who is in the right place at the right time.

I hear it uttered as if happiness is being doled out somewhere and it’s just so unfair that others somewhere are getting it.

Truth is, you have more chance of being struck by lightening or winning the lottery than you have being struck by happiness.

Happiness has no victims.

It’s a by-product.

It grows out of purposeful living.

Happiness is out of control – even to the rich and powerful. That, surely, is obvious? You may have noticed its penchant for playing hide and seek with the rich and powerful.

It’s progressively yours when you fight and win the good fight over trying to be happy. It’s yours when you engage purposes greater than yourself, your pleasures, and appetites. Even then, it can be elusive.

The road to happiness is often paved with difficulty and things you may think will never deliver any joy.

It hides from the lazy, from the self-indulgent, the entitled, spoiled, the whiner, but embraces those seeking justice and authenticity and mercy and doing what is good and right by others.

Ironically happiness often escapes the rich and makes its home more permanently with the poor, the humble.

Oddly, it’s one thing that doesn’t, as it is said, “follow the money.”

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