Can happiness be planned?
Well, not happiness per say. I guess I am wondering how much of life’s factors leading toward what many consider a “happy future”
can be should be planned out. We plan and do for an unknown future, a day that seems to always be later, not now. By “we” I am referring to those of us (*coughing in an awkward attempt to draw attention away from the fact that I am mainly drawing from personal experience) who choose to go to school — for whatever reason; remain in school — for whatever length of time; work — ridiculous amounts of hours; fill our plates — with more than we can handle; say “yes” — way more than we ought to; never feel like enough is being done; and justify all of the work being put in by thinking about the amazing picturesque future that will one day come.
Here’s where my question comes in. Is this train of thought even logical? Purposeful action: yes. Driven determination: no doubt. Logical in the sense that people have believed this for centuries: of course. But I wonder how far can the phrase “enjoy the fruits of your labor” (or any of the non secular variations of this phrase) be stretched. Does this account for and give support to those who place personal intimate relationships aside in pursuit of preparing themselves professionally? or those who neglect their own health and well being for a future where things will be “perfect”? what about those who face the struggle of maintaining family connection in spite of limited time and misunderstanding (which seem to always have a wonderful way of not being limited)? So when should one start enjoying the fruit and ease up on the labor?
Obviously, I have many questions. And no answers. Zilch. Zero. Nada. Okay, I was able to reach one conclusion: I realize that I can no longer limit my presentness. Purposeful action and driven determination
can will continue to be part of my being; however, they will no longer be confined to a professional role or one where life begins later.
Gandhi said: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Maybe that harmony is what we seek…
So maybe happiness is stopping to smell the roses (as cliche as that is)…maybe on the way to a yoga class followed by some tea and a good book 🙂
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~Mahatma Gandhi