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The Goal Behind All Other Goals July 15, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, People.

I’m convinced that the goal behind all other goals is happiness.  

We desire what we believe will bring us happiness. 

We form relationships in pursuit of happiness.

We choose careers and occupations to directly or indirectly (through our purchasing power) add to our happiness. 

We engage in pursuits which we hope will enhance our happiness and well-being. 

We shop and consume because we believe doing so will increase our happiness in life ~ even if it often has the opposite effect.

Of course, life is not one-size-fits-all

Some people are happy with vanilla ice cream.  Others prefer chocolate.  Still others don’t enjoy ice cream at all. 

If we want to maximize our happiness, we need to make choices and set our  priorities based on our unique preferences. 

If we allow others to make important life choices for us, we are apt to be disappointed.

What we need to be happy is for us alone to decide.

No one else has sufficient perspective on how we feel inside.

Look deep. 

The answers lie within. 

No rules.  Just write!

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1. Richard W Scott - July 15, 2010

I can accept that. Sometimes it works, too.

nrhatch - July 15, 2010

You’re right. It often works . . . provided that we know what we want.

Sadly, we are socialized to look for clues from others . . . rather than looking within to determine what would make us happy.

We are taught to buy “status symbols” to broadcast our success, rather than buying what we actually need or want.

We are encouraged to select high paying careers . . . rather than following our dreams.

I’ve even known people who chose a spouse based on financial considerations, rather than picking sometone they actually enjoyed being with! : )

Why? Ego cares about what others think of us and encourages us to keep up with The Joneses. So we look around at who we’re with before deciding what to be, say or do.

When we tell our Ego to shut it . . . and choose for ourselves . . . we more often make the right choice.

2. Loreen Lee - July 15, 2010

This just in from Passion Maps:

“If my heart can become pure and simple like that of a child, I think there probably can be no greater happiness than this.”
– Kitaro Nishida

nrhatch - July 15, 2010

I agree with Kitaro. No symphony orchestra ever played music like a two-year-old toddler laughing with a puppy! ~ Bern Williams

Another favorite of mine:

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

3. cindy - July 16, 2010

At this moment I choose to feel that I am happy. Happy enough. Thanks!

nrhatch - July 16, 2010

Yay! That’s key . . .
We’re generally about as happy as we choose to be.

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