Showing Up For Happiness


detail of sculpture


Happiness is not a noun.

It is a verb.

An action taken.

Not a destination but a way of being.

Happiness has become a silly word in our culture; vague, ineffectual, numbingly common.

Asked what we all desire the most and in everyone’s top 5 would likely be to BE HAPPY.

Would we know if we got there?

What is the measure?

If we got there how do we stay?


“Here is the key point to understand about G.N.H.,” said Kinley Dorji, the head of Bhutan’s Ministry of Information and Communication. “Happiness itself is an individual pursuit. Gross National Happiness then becomes a responsibility of the state, to create an environment where citizens can pursue happiness. It’s not a guarantee of happiness by the government. It’s not a promise of happiness. But there is a responsibility to, you know, create the conditions for happiness.”

Dorji said: “When we say ‘happiness,’ we have to be very clear that it’s not fun, pleasure, thrill, excitement, all the temporary fleeting senses. It is permanent contentment — with life, with what you have.”

“Permanent contentment with what we have.”

I actually would take out the ‘permanent’ part because from what I know of happiness it is not a static state.

The beauty comes from the fluidity, the possibility of change, an organic and living quality.

If I’m not happy now there is the possibility that if I change my point of view, take some action, change a belief

I could very well be happy in the next moment.

Happiness is far more interesting to me than despair.

Every day almost moment by moment I must choose it.

It is not a given and demands that I show up, make the choice for it.

Only then will it grace me with an appearance. I must get up, meet it at the door and invite it in to a prepared seat next to the fire.

My fire.


9 Responses to “Showing Up For Happiness”

  1. Debra Moody on October 30th, 2014

    I have goosebumps…fantastic.

  2. Douglas Campbell on October 30th, 2014

    Very inspirational. I really enjoy your blog

  3. Meryl Cohen on October 30th, 2014

    Another written piece of art as beautiful as you!

  4. Rita Kindl Myers on October 30th, 2014

    I like this ” I must get up, meet it at the door and invite it in to a prepared seat next to the fire.” It suggests a relationship with happiness. Thanks, Rita

  5. Barry on October 30th, 2014

    Happiness, a discipline indeed. And an acceptance of the fact that nothing is permanent, allows it to be a more constant companion.

  6. Bryan Adams on October 30th, 2014

    Life is a verb––happiness an effect. Thanks.

    Peace and Love,

  7. Hollis Walker on October 31st, 2014

    You are always right on target, Cathy!

  8. Jane on October 31st, 2014

    reminds me of “keep the green bough in your heart, and the singing bird will come”. How beautifully said!

  9. Alexandra Eldridge on November 3rd, 2014

    You nailed it, girl! xxxx

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