Tuesday, May 15, 2007

can anyone be ever truly happy?



I hope you watched the film The Pursuit of Happyness. I know it's kind of late writing about it, but I really learned a lot of things in that film. The way Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) gambled everything he got for his son Christopher really pulled my heartstrings. I know when called for, most of us, if not all of us will be willing to give everything up for the people we love. Don’t get me wrong I am, generally, happy where I am in my life. There are even days that I feel so happy I could burst. But sometimes I learn about things that hurt a member of my family and something happened to someone I love dearly, my bubble of happiness instantly bursts.

I know, that sounds pretty lame to the ears. Everybody gets sad, who doesn’t? I wish I could open my heart right now for you to see, it's a little hard for me to write about it right now, in time I’ll probably have the strength. The topic is something very close to my heart and I convince myself sometimes that if I don’t write about it, it will go away. So, I hope you can bear with me for a while.

I know that a lot of us are still looking for ways to be truly happy. Some people find it and some people are still lost. I think I am probably in between. Half in, half out. I know I can see it, it’s within arms length and if I stretched myself a little more I would get there. There are days when I think I have it but it somehow slips away.

I spent a lot of sleepless nights wondering how I could make things better, how I could somehow erase what has been said, what has done and defeated I knew that I can only do so much, I can not really change the past. It was then that I said to myself, happiness is not just a state of being but a decision. We decide that today no matter how weary and troubled our world is, we will not let it faze us. Today and every day, WE can DECIDE to be happy. So to answer my question, is anyone ever truly happy? My answer is yes, if you decide to be.

When I feel down I listen to this song. I think Josh Groban probably did the best interpretation of the song. It's called, You Raise Me Up, it was written by Secret Garden's Rolf Løvland. I put in the lyrics in case you want to sing along.



When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

There is no life, no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But then you come, and I am filled with wonder;
Sometimes I think, I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

You raise me up... To more than I can be.

5 thoughts:

louann said...

could not agree more.

Pam said...

One of the weird things about being human is that it is the need to seek happiness that keeps us striving, inspired and moving forward - so when we get what makes us happy we immediately starting looking for the next thing. The balance between appreciating what we have and wanting more is hard to walk, sometimes!

keeyit said...

I am not happy today caused of something that my friend said on me.. But after i read this article. I think i have my choice to be happy rather than so concern about what other said..

Sophiagurl said...

thanks louann,Pam and keeyit for your comments. agree with Pam, sometimes we tend to be insatiable and always look for the better one, the greater one. almost always dissatisfied with life. that's probably why sometimes happiness seem quite elusive.

cotojo said...

Happiness is a goal we all seek, and it also depends on whether you are an optimist or pessimist. For myself, I'm an optimist, having seen many tragedies, some close to me, then becoming disabled myself, but I have the satisfaction of helping others. So happiness is a state of mind, expect nothing and give everything, pass on knowledge and wisdom.
"Smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone."
Life is for living and having fun, the good times outweigh the bad.
Wishing you all peace and happiness.
cotojo
http://cotojo.wordpress.com