I totally agree with Tanguyenable about the Happiness formula but do not agree about him being a failure. Sure still searching for the Big H but don’t consider myself a failure….
Now that you graduated and have fulfilled the wishes of your institution, community, society, your parents, are you happy? If you are, then good! If you are not, like 83% of the newly graduates (fake statistics, don’t flame me), who end up with no job, or worse yet, a job that does not even require a high school diploma. So how does that makes you feel?
Anyways, my point is that the formula for success is not working. Notice in the picture to the side, that Happiness is a RESULT! It is not a part of the process, nor is it guaranteed at the end.
So, is there a backup plan for the great Success and Happiness formula, if the formula happens to fail? I don’t know about you, but I had to take a good look around (the web) in order to find inspiration and some sort of motivation…
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In my experience, it’s a fleeting thing which is best not pursued. It’s akin to chasing a butterfly. When I am happy, I am happy I’m happy–but I don’t expect it to remain with me 24/7. A shot of it once in a while let’s me know things are going well, and that’s all I need. As far as I’m concerned happiness comes from beyond myself, and therefore is a gift to be cherished but it’s a mistake to try to capture it. Many times I’m not happy–but I’m also not unhappy. I’m just doing, living, being.
I totally agree with you. You can search for happiness all over the world but still not be happy..Its really how you believe in your self-worth. Thanks for the like.
Interesting post. I have found with my artwork that I cannot gain happiness from my success. It has to come from the process. Sometimes it surprises me what pieces are most successful or not, but I’m learning not to get my value out of which pieces are favored. That is too exhausting. 🙂
Yes I totally agree with you. I used to be obsessive on the true meaning of happiness…I guess just let it be 😉