The Pursuit of Happiness

October 12, 2015

There is no key to happiness; the door is always open. 
- unknown

Hello world,

Welcome to my blog. Today I would like to repost a post that I had done some years ago talking about happiness.

Webster's definition of the word is: a state of well-being and contentment; a pleasurable or satisfying experience. When ask the question "what do you want in life?" many people will answer "I just want to be happy"; so do I. The problem is that many of us just base our happiness off of pleasurable or satisfying experiences but don't have the a state of well-being and contentment part down.

Let me tell you a story of a man name When-I. When-I lived a long life but seemed to never obtain what he was looking for, contentment. It all started when he was seven years old. When-I desperately wanted a bike so that he could ride with his friends throughout the neighborhood. He said to himself "I will be happy when I get my bike". Years later when When-I was fifteen he thought to himself "I will be happy when I can get my drivers license". Then he said "I will really be happy when I graduate high school and turn eighteen". When-I graduated high school and attend college. When he was in college When-I said that "I will be happy when I turn twenty one, graduate from college, and get a good job". He achieved his goals but still found that he was lonely and desired a family. Soon after he found the girl of his dreams and got married. He thought "I will be happy when I have children". Then when he had children he said that, "I will be happy when they are old enough to leave the house". When-I is now near the end of his life. In a senior living place alone, his kids are grown with families of their own. He said "I will be happy when they come to visit me". On his eightieth birthday his family came to visit him. He blew out his candles and one of his grandchildren ask him what did you wish for. When-I rocking in his favorite chair said "I will be happy... "and breathed his last breath.

I know this is not the best ending story but my point is to be happy in every state of our lives. Enjoy the now because once it has past we can't regain it. Paul says it best "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Php 4:11(KJV)


Reginald Wattree Jr.




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