There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
Henry David Thoreau Misattibution. By the Chinese author Lin Yutang (1895-1976) in his book, On the Wisdom of America (New York: John Day, 1950) p. 446
“42”. It has to be the answer. … but is it the answer we want.
Somewhere, lost in the cloud of living with its toils, obstacles, roadblocks and challenges (add hatred, malignment (<- yes this is a word), discourse, taxes, tolls, divorce and disagreements in general) – we’ve lost the substance of life that make it worth living, the substance of happiness.
Happiness. What is it? Why and how does something give us happiness?
Some search aimlessly for happiness, not having a sense of direction (or concept of) in discovering happiness. It’s this discovery process that people go through, the process of searching, where they struggle and suffer … wondering if all the work is worth it? Mark Manson a blogger belays that “happiness is not something you can simply work for and achieve.” In fact his becry is that people should “Stop Trying To Be Happy“. The aspiration of the core beliefs of Hindism is for a pursuit of the knowledge and understanding of truth, the nature of reality, and for the soul to be released from the idea of “rebirth” (moksha). These ideas raise the question if happiness is attained upon this end to rebirth? Can happiness be found in attaining “the” knowledge of and understanding of truth?
… or is it something we discover is within us in the journey we call living?
Whether Henry Thoreau of Lin Yutang, happiness isn’t something that simply befalls you, from within you must bring your happiness where ever you are and to your own satisfaction.