Is true happiness really achievable?

My goal for 2017 was to bring happiness to others.  We’re only ten days in, and I already feel like the exact opposite has occurred.  It really seemed like such an easy task too.  I thought I could just be more positive, portray an air of happiness, and then everyone else would just follow suit.  Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work?  Lead by example and everyone will follow… am I right?  And yet it hasn’t worked at all.

I know I’m not very good at hiding my true feelings, but I thought I was doing a really good job of at least controlling the negative ones.  I suppose I’ve come to the conclusion, that I can’t fool anyone, least of all myself.  I’m trying desperately to hide behind the positives though.  It’s the only way I can continue to live, without completely drowning in my own sorrows.  Its mind over matter… don’t you think?  Isn’t that the only way any of us can really survive?

We often try to fool ourselves into thinking we’re happy, because that’s what everyone is after.  We all want that wonderful happy life, which is so often fakely displayed everywhere we look.  Do you really believe that smiling family on Facebook, is happily living life free of any problems or issues?  And see this is the problem, we believe everyone else has everything so easy and so perfect, when in actuality, true happiness doesn’t really exist.

We need to realize that we aren’t ever going to be completely happy on this earth, or in this life, because that’s an impossibility.  It’s unfortunate though, because we live with the idea that it’s achievable, which only makes us feel like complete failures when we never obtain a perfectly happy life.  Having hope is one thing, but we’ve got to be realistic as well.

So I’m changing my goal for 2017.  I don’t want to bring happiness to others, but I want to show others how to find slivers of happiness right where they are.  In the misery and agony of our imperfect lives, there are sometimes moments of happiness. Fleeting as they are, we need to hold onto those moments, and bring them back into focus on those particular days, when grief overtakes our sad little lives.  We certainly can’t give up and quit, just because things aren’t going our way.

Anyway, enough of my ranting.  I’m not even sure any of what I’m saying is making any sense.  All I know is, I can’t continue to live my life waiting for perfection.  This is it, this is my God given life; and I’d better make the best of it, or I may not have one left at all.

6 responses to “Is true happiness really achievable?

  1. Makes perfect sense to me, as I have dealt with some of the same stuff. My conclusion, however is; Remember that “happiness” is based on our circumstances most of which we can’t control. “Joy” however, is from the Lord. The Lord can give us joy, in the circumstances. If I continued to allow my self to be completely ruled by happiness, I would still be stuck in the place of being afraid of moving forward. I am not completely there yet, but it is easier to have a smile on my face and truly feel it. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I hope it helps somehow.

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  2. Thanks Kristie. Yeah… I know the feeling of being stuck and not being able to move forward and joy so often seems like a distant memory. Thankfully I see it in my children. They are my daily reminders that happiness does actually exist.

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  3. We are perfect in the way we are born
    Imperfection in us is the perfect way how Creator created us
    We are a masterpiece and no body can be like us
    Agreed to Kristie…
    Happiness is based on outside elements but joy is what we are as we are part of Source. The moment we know the art of being who we are, we will go on to create happiness inside and outside.
    Smile begets a smile and I too made a resolution to pass smiles to whomever I meet irl or online and at least make a person smile and so far so good…. It gives another kind of energy we can never compare.

    You are wonderful as you are, be you. Life is a great school and eventually we will learn all lessons.

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  4. And you just passed a smile on to me…. thank you for your lovely comment.

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  5. Thank you for smiling 🌹😊

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  6. Yes, children are a pleasant reminder. I have seen that in my adopted grandchildren, the Beerninks

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