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  • Pat­rina M. Clark, SPHR, HCS, RACC
    Speaker | Trainer | Con­sul­tant | Coach
04 Mar

Hap­pi­ness As the Goal

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I used to say that hap­pi­ness should not be the goal – that instead, we should strive for peace, or peace­ful­ness. I had that per­spec­tive because of the famous quote from the Bible that speaks to hav­ing a peace that passes all under­stand­ing. To me, it made peace sound much more desir­able because it seemed to sup­port oper­at­ing more con­sis­tently with­out rad­i­cal highs and lows. Well, I’ve amended my thinking.

Rather than liv­ing life in a flat-​lined sort of way … I embrace the highs and lows as a way of more fully expe­ri­enc­ing my human­ity. I 1000% (that’s not a typo) believe that hap­pi­ness absolutely should be the goal. In striv­ing for those expe­ri­ences that make our hearts and spir­its soar, we are almost assured of hit­ting the occa­sional bump in the road. At the same time, we also increase our chances for truly inspired and inspi­ra­tional liv­ing. It is in this inspired place that we cul­ti­vate a gen­uine trust in our abil­ity to deal with every­thing that comes our way. And, from that trust­ing place, we get bet­ter and bet­ter at man­i­fest­ing expe­ri­ences that give us expo­nen­tially more oppor­tu­ni­ties to smile rather than frown.

Fol­low­ing are two of my favorite quotes that are sten­ciled on walls in my home:

Life is not mea­sured by the num­ber of breaths we take but by the num­ber of breaths we take.” Abra­ham Lin­coln is quoted as hav­ing said some­thing very sim­i­lar, “It’s not the years in your life but the life in your years.” There are so many fab­u­lous quotes about mak­ing the most of life.

The sec­ond quote is “Dance like no one’s watch­ing. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like no one’s lis­ten­ing. Live like heaven is on earth.”

And, I am reminded exactly how to do this when I spend time with my beau­ti­ful niece.

Wiish­ing you joy in abundance.

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