“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life” – John Lennon
This quote is a perfect example of how we can lose focus on what is truly important as we grow older. First we want independence, then we want a job, perhaps then a better job. We want a smart good-looking spouse, a nice car, a great house in a wonderful neighborhood. Even those who have more altruistic goals. They want to save the whales, save the planet, save souls, save money by using coupons and shopping wisely. All of these ‘goals’ have the same end to them. Why would you want the house, the beautiful spouse, and the fancy car? Why would you want to help starving people a million miles away that you may never meet? While all of these goals are worthwhile, some more than others, we do them all for one real reason. It goes by many disguises, security, pride, contentment. What all those feelings amount to, they make us happy. The famous Beatles singer had it right. Those of us who are more worried about the current ‘assignment’ don’t really understand life. Learn to be happy while going after that beautiful spouse. Feel joy in the process of helping endangered species. If we can master the feelings without the material support than we shall truly lead a life of joy. So learn to find the happiness in the journey my friends and you will have more to celebrate when you reach the destination.