Our wishes are many – a better life, happiness, freedom, beauty, commitment, success, recognition, fame, peace, balance… But all these things, although beautiful, are simply words!
Words, without their meanings, are just a bundle of letters, a noise. What’s important, is for you to assign your personal meaning to those words and to keep revisiting the meanings you have assigned to them. Because it is those words and their meanings, which greatly impact the quality of your life.
On the other hand, we are scared of words such as pain, shame, failure and fear. But, what are we really afraid of? Do these words make us feel uncomfortable? Do they have a purpose or are they something intrinsically bad that we should avoid at all costs? Why do these words exist in the first place?
Socrates argued: “since all of us desire to be happy, and since we evidently become so on account of our use—that is our good use—of other things, and since knowledge is what provides this goodness of use and also good fortune, every man must, as seems plausible, prepare himself by every means for this: to be as wise as possible. Right?”
Words define our life and how we live is dependent on the definitions we assign to them. Let’s try to analyze the words that affect our life the most, such as destiny, success, happiness, time, balance, freedom, love, fear, failure, problems and pain. The clearer we are with our definitions of these words, the easier it will be for us to figure out what we want from life and how to achieve it.
WORD #1 – HAPPINESS
Oxford dictionary definition of the word HAPPY /ˈhapi/ adjective, origin: Middle English (in the sense ‘lucky’): feeling or showing pleasure or contentment for example: having a sense of trust and confidence in (a person, arrangement, or situation); satisfied with the quality or standard of; willing to do something…
Buddhism on happiness: “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. It is founded on our thoughts. It is made up of our thoughts. If one speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows one, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the wagon. All that we are is the result of what we have thought. It is founded on our thoughts. It is made up of our thoughts. If one speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows one, like a shadow that never leaves.” (Dhammapada 1-2 / Müller & Maguire, 2002)
Albert Camus quote on happiness: “But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”
Ayn Rand once said that happiness is: “Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.”
What about you? What does HAPPINESS mean to you? Share your favorite happiness quote with us in the comment section below.
Define it and achieve it!