The Pursuit of Happiness
Posted on January 29 2013
I travel quite a bit. One thing that interests me most when I am travelling is to see how people face struggles quite differently. One thing is for sure though - we all have them - struggles, I mean. It is just different for each one, depending on circumstance, race, economic environment, etc. But we do all have them. Yes, even if you think you are the only one with woes in this world and your neighbor has none… think again.
I have met mothers who have most of what we mothers seem to want - enough money to put food on the table without having to work, time with their children, a faithful husband that only works 40 hours a week - and yet spend days in depression of not having enough time for themselves.
I have also met mothers who, because of financial difficulties in third world countries, have to work away from home 11 months every year, some even not seeing their children for 3 years at a time, just to be able to provide food and education for their children; and yet express gratitude that they are given an opportunity to even do so.
I have met a husband that tragically lost his wife and was left with 3 small children that have to fend for themselves (in a very poor nation) while he has to work to feed them; and yet counts his blessings daily. I have met men that seem to have everything: several nice cars, high-paying jobs, beautiful children, big houses; and are so unfulfilled because they do not feel respected enough by their wives, or by their colleagues.
I don’t know about you, but I think the smile in our hearts come from far deeper than what our pockets can provide for. In fact it seems that it stems more from what comes out of us than what we indulge ourselves with.
It doesn’t even matter how much we have or don’t have. We all want more. But from whatever state of possessions we’re in, when we give of ourselves, we always gain so much.
I think we need to remember that with whatever we do. Housewife, employee, student, friend… there will always be more to want… but there will always be something we can give. The fulfillment always lasts longer with the latter.