To what end?

Is Happiness an end in itself

I spend a lot of time feeling as though I ought to be doing something else. Something more. Like I’m wasting time, filling my days with folly.

Admittedly, I’m not as productive as I could be. And my days are not full of toil. Have I failed, then? Is this cause enough to feel guilty? Seems so.

Though perhaps there’s another way of looking at it. I have few possessions and nothing in the bank. But if, by sheer force of will and more than a little luck, I can forget about all the other things I should be doing, all the productivity and toil I might yet engage. If for the briefest of moments I can overcome the guilt I feel on account of my shortcomings, it’s long enough to glimpse it.

Happiness.

In the simple things. Sun-dried saltwater on my shoulder. Time enough to talk with the people I love, to see and to admit my mistakes, and to plan for my own improvement. The critical thinking that always leads to a new perspective. The budding suspicion that broken things don’t always require fixing.

Yes, happiness.

Hardly an end in itself, I know. Not when there’s so much work to be done…

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  • Pink July 14, 2012, 6:37 am

    Wonderful

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    • Jeb July 15, 2012, 7:38 am

      Why thank you, Pink.

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  • Pink July 15, 2012, 7:40 am

    :) Welcome

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  • Joeal Manimtim September 17, 2012, 10:45 pm

    Very well said,

    Too many of us, myself included put too much expectations on ourselves. Always wanting more, thinking the grass is greener on the other side. Later to find out we were always fine just the way we were and just the way we are.

    Salut! I feel like I already know ya.

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    • Jeb September 19, 2012, 8:03 pm

      Hey thanks Joeal, what a nice comment. I think that’s why anyone writes - blogs, books, poems, whatever - so that other people, strangers, even, can feel like they know them. Good stuff.

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      • Aleta February 24, 2013, 6:19 pm

        makes me stop and think back when i had next to nothing it seems that I was happier so having more don’t always make you happy

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  • Darla Bartos June 25, 2013, 5:15 am

    Your words seem to come from my mind. Amazing.

    Love your website. It’s uplifting and inspires reflection.

    Darla

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    • Jeb June 25, 2013, 6:50 am

      Hi Darla,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to say so. All my best.

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