April 25, 2017

Happiness Is The Path

Most people I know, including myself, have the same goal in life;  to be happy!  The reason we do almost anything is to bring about a state of happiness.  Living with health, financial, and/or relationship challenges can put a damper on one’s ability to be happy. Or does it? When any challenge arises, as in my situation, it is health related, I don’t feel in control of what is happening in my life. This makes me extremely unhappy.

It has been a challenge living with a chronic illness. I’ve always had a laundry list of goals to reach, but since living with RA, I now believe that many of my  goals were shallow and never guaranteed happiness. For example, I felt I needed to lose a certain amount of weight, to do things that would have made me very happy, like retail therapy.  There were also, places to go and things to do, that my health wouldn’t allow, that would have made me happy. While pondering the realization of capturing the elusive state of being happy, I realized I had most of what one would need to be happy. A  fancy car, better home, nor more money would actually make me happy. They would make my life easier maybe, but not happy.

So when I’m down and out, thinking/feeling life is somehow so unfair, I still should be happy! I’m fortunate that my family has all our basic needs met. This makes me happy. I am gainfully employed, receive a fair salary, this makes me happy.   But most importantly, I realize what makes me most happy is Jeff and I are really in control of how we act when things are happening in our life. When things happen, beyond our control, we take action, and together move forward to keep the happiness we created in our lives, intact! 

Buddhism teaches that attachment is the root of suffering.  Attachments to a certain weight, state of health, and a magic number in the bank account lead to our suffering. Be free of those and all other attachments, and just be. You will soon find yourself in a state of contentment and true bliss.

Here’s hoping we all have a great week!  I leave you with some of the pictures that made me happy this past week!

Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday!

The delectable Chocolate Malt Cake!

Finally, my friend, the grey heron took cover in front of my house during the relentless rain last week!  He posed and I obliged by taking an outrageous number of pictures of him. These are a few of my favorites!


  1. valerie fuchs says:

    HAPPINESS is having your own backyard HERON!!!!!!!!!

  2. Beautiful post!!! I keep coming back each week for more!!!