How many of us, I wonder, can recall a childhood moment when we experienced happiness as a state of being. That single moment of untarnished joy. That moment when everything in our world, inside and out, was alright. Everything was alright. But now we’ve become a colony of adults and everything is all wrong. All the time! It’s as if we were on a quest to get it back. And yet the more we focus on our own personal happiness, the more it is useless. In fact, it’s only when we are otherwise engaged, you know, focused on, absorbed, inspired, communicating, discovering, learning, dancing for heaven’s sake, that we experience happiness as a by product, a side effect. Oh no, we should concern ourselves not so much with the pursuit of happiness but the happiness of a pursuit.
* Thanks to Simon Posford and Raja Ram of Shpongle for introducing me to the phrase “Untarnished Joy”. Posford and Ram sampled the words from the character Professor Collin - who delivered a monologue in the 2014 movie Hector and the Search for Happiness in their song Are We There Yet? on their album titled Codex VI.