The Pursuit of Happiness
“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”, the full quote of which reads “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. “Men” in this context includes both sexes and should therefore read “people”.
Happiness is not guaranteed by money, a good education, or many hours of free time in which to procrastinate.
To borrow from an earlier chapter in this book we can describe happiness as a “now” feeling, bringing together the recent past, the “here-and-now” and possibly a bit of the near-future – and your perceived ability to be in control and to influence it. This reflects much of whom you are and your circles of relationship within which you live and are a part of.
- Are you willing to be happy?
In 1960 in a small Namibian town, Jack won a lottery of GBP30,000 – equal to 15 times his then annual wage. Jack was back working on the railways within two years with all the money spent and not much to show for it – no richer and no happier.
The message is clear: Don’t wait for a lottery win to make you happy. Review your life periodically. Revaluate where you stand. Rejuvenate yourself for the next cycle. Re-affirm your passions and purpose, your vision and mission. Develop an action plan to execute what you will be doing on a daily basis. Sing and live your “unsung songs”. In so doing, break the “old mold” and let the inner beauty of who you really are shine through.
You will discover
– the value of your own legacy and the usefulness of your life
– how to live your life – not someone else’s by extension
– that you are still continuously growing as a person
– your custodianship of God’s Gifts of Life and Time
– your balance in Life – physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually
– and therefore your true happiness and that which you are rightfully capable and proud of.
The Beatles song of the mid-60’s might have sounded frivolous but it captured the true essence of the relationship between money and love – and other unseen things, such as happiness, true friendship, health, humility, yes even salvation.
You may be able to buy a heart transplant or a triple bypass but what are you buying in reality?
- The preciousness of life and more time on earth with your loved ones.
 This is part of the text of the second section of the United States Declaration of Independence and which was in large part drafted by Thomas Jefferson, before being adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
 The Beatles was an English rock band formed in Liverpool, UK, in 1960, and became the most commercially successful band in the history of music.