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Filling the gaps of time with happiness

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” Robert Frost

“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.” Helen Keller

Happiness is no certainty. There are people who wait at life’s station expectantly only to one day learn that happiness takes another route. And yet simple forms of happiness do exist. Bringing joy to others must rate as one of the easiest ways to be fulfilled in one’s self. There’s a certain form of happiness, a basic satisfaction that can be deduced from making others happy. The craving to be appreciated is, I think, one of the most understated of human inclinations but beyond what pleasing others may earn one the act of making happy alone is a unique form of happiness. Then there’s the happiness of self, the single-minded pursuit of things the way we’d like them to be. The problem lies in the very real possibility of the grand monarchy-in-the-head being just that, nothing more than a highly convoluted idea- you may never find the world to play according to your standards, and certainly the older you grow there’s a rapidly dwindling chance of the world being more malleable. And other times the twin possibilities of happiness exist in conflict. Choosing the future happiness of others above one’s own supposedly-future happiness pits self against others. There is no doubt that the over-emphasis of the individual has led such a vast percentage of Western society to claim abject loneliness. I don’t want to fall into the group of people who take up yoga because they crave human contact. But I don’t want to give up too big a chunk of me either.

“Happiness is a small and unworthy goal for something as big and fancy as whole lifetime, and should be taken in small doses.” Russel Baker

Have you ever been woken by the sound of a ticking clock? And not just a single clock a chorus of clocks ticking away furiously; cruelly refusing sleep. And listening to the cacophony of time running away ; I’m reminded that the Creator has made our bodies vessels with which to mark time. Our hair, our nails, as soon as we become negligent of time they are the first to let us know that time’s course is indeed charted.

So where to, Darling?

Satellite navigation will take you as far as Darling-but there’s no telling if happiness is safely ensconced there. Happiness is too filmy, too transient and altogether too selfishly driven to occupy the prime real estate as a whole life’s objective. So we mask it over. We call what we seek contentment. Contentment concedes happiness to be fleeting and flimsy. It proposes instead a state wedged loftily above unadulterated joy; a state that pre-disposes you to happiness and melancholy alike. If contentment was a place it would be a room where triumphs, simple joys, moments of bliss and ample reminders of His blessings are bolted to the walls; and through this room’s window is the rest of the world experienced.

10 replies on “Filling the gaps of time with happiness”

>encore for the next 100!
totally agree with OH for once. about the quality part. and the why so serious part that he put somewhere else.

>OH, You are too kind my friend but I thank you 🙂 And I'm ambivalent about contentment….

Solace in Islam, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the visit. I really like your blog, will definitely be repaying the visit. 🙂

Kimya, Shukran. Now that's the question 😉

Azra, "Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment." Samuel Johnson.

Killa, cmon now mate. it would be foolish declare after a mere 100. there's still a whole match to play 😛

I think I use too many smileys. They are fast losing value as currency of facial expression….

>Happy 100th 😀 Nice one.

I think in life, we just expect too much, all the time…consciously and unconsciously.

Happiness is over-rated. Most people will always find their way back to some kind of drama…some sort of misery. People don't want to be happy, they say they do, but they really dont. Happiness and contentment diminish the lustre of life…there's no more ambition or "want" in contentment…so life gets "boring". And bored people always need some kind of drama to keep them going 😛

>Aah Happy 100. What a worthy way to celebrate? Indeed, where to from here, Darling? 😉

>Congrats. 100 quality posts. contentment is a poor consolation prize. that's all i'm saying.

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