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What Happiness is to Me; Or Maybe What It Isn’t.

January 2019

I think, to get to what my version of happiness is, I first have to get into what it isn’t.  Too often I see mistakes being made in what happiness isn’t.

Being happy, to me, is not the absence of strife, struggle, conflict, hardship, or difficulty.  Baby, that’s life.  Trying to find a life devoid of those things is like chasing a rainbow-farting unicorn… and deciding one can’t be happy until that unicorn is found and befriended.  Good luck, there’s no such thing – they call it mythical for a reason.

Happiness isn’t getting to do whatever I want, whenever I want.  I was five-years-old the last time I truly experienced that pleasure.  Happiness isn’t “easy” living, either; a sober, clean life is anything but easy.

Happiness, to me, is being content with what I’ve got.  It’s being comfortable in my own skin.  Happiness is being grateful for the life I have, or the life that was given me by my Higher Power after I asked for His Grace…  Happiness is doing the best with what I’ve got.

… and when I need a reminder, a bike ride with my wife and friends will do the trick.  Money won’t buy happiness, but it buys bikes, and that’s good enough for government work.



  1. theandyclark says:

    In the words of Sheryl Crow: “Happiness isn’t getting what you want, it’s wanting what you got.” (Soak up the Sun).

  2. tammi1438 says:

    Nicely said. Happy New year.

  3. How funny, that’s just what my husband says, “Good enough for government work” … Lovely post and extremely true. I was never happier when mentally and physically I was cycling for a month with little other than a tent and the clothes on my back. Such simplicity and such joy.

  4. you nailed it! hugs brotha

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