“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” – Carl Jung
Daily Nugget of Gold 1517
Life, liberty, and the…”pursuit of happiness”. While we seldom find things to quarrel with from the founding fathers of the United States, this phrase, “The pursuit of happiness”, is one which won’t- if followed literally- likely yield the desired result. Happiness is an attitude, and while most people set goals to obtain or achieve things that they believe will make them happy if they accomplish them, tying our happiness only to the end result isn’t the best strategy to having a happy life, is it?
We’d like to discuss Mike Rowe again at this point. Here’s a guy who saw an opportunity in trying to do the jobs most people wouldn’t like to do, and by allowing us to sit in the armchair and watch him fail miserably at most of them He entertains us quite well. He pretty much proves to us that there is job after job that most people would find revolting or disgusting- but these jobs aren’t really the stuff of fiction, except maybe “noodling” which has been deemed a hobby rather than a job by some folks. If you wonder what that is, do a search for it.
For all of these places that Mike takes the camera crew to visit, there is something to be said for the people who do the work they do for a living that they’re filming. For the most part, they love their work. They’ve found a way to be happy which is most certainly unique to them, for most of the jobs featured, the rest of us would call it a job from Hell. Yes, most folks look at their work as a way to put food on the table, but there is something more than that at work here- there is the idea of relishing what you are doing, no matter how bad it might seem to be.
Happiness pursued is usually happiness lost, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Find joy in what you do, enjoy the process- not just the eventual goal. When that goal is reached, embark on another and start the whole happiness process over again. Yes, celebrate the goals achieved, but don’t make the mistake of believing the achievement of your goals will make you happy. More on this to follow, for now- go make it a great day to be alive. You alone possess this power in your life.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“How can I begin to build happiness in all I do?”
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