on {finding} happiness

by Tina on January 4, 2013

in family, photography

Some days happiness feels like an illusion… an intangible object dangling just beyond our grasp…
But, really, happiness is not something we must go searching high and low for… It is always staring us right in the face.  It is not a thing, but rather a state of being… an attitude of self assessment in which we agree that in spite of everything there is still so much to be thankful for.

We need not recklessly pursue it, happiness, that is,  but simply stand still and find it right where we are… Some days that is harder to do, yes, that I can admit, too.  But we must fight for it.  We must stop and simply be happy for the moment in which we are living… feeling the full width and height of our daily breath… and appreciate every tiny good thing that each day brings…


photography by Jack Fussell

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Ale January 4, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Bravo! It’s such a simple concept however it takes years to arrive to understanding it. A bit like The Alchemist, there is no need to travel to the end of the world, your treasure and happiness is already right underneath your a$$! :)
Lovely photos too.
(fellow mamma and expat from Netherlands)


kelleyn January 4, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Yes, if you chase happiness it will always allude you! It is a choice one must make everyday! Have a great weekend!


The New Diplomats Wife January 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm

couldn’t agree more. the new year is always a time to reflect a bit on happiness and if we’re hiding from it. weirdly, i stepped into a store yesterday in a rush for find a dress for a wedding in a couple of weeks. No dress but i ended up with two beautiful cookbooks and two books on happiness. maybe i got what i needed afterall.


ale norris January 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

have you ever read the book ‘the tao of pooh’ by benjamin hoff? i just finished reading it (for the 2nd time) last week, and this post reminded me of what it’s trying to get across to people. i think you’d like it :)


Marie January 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Hi Traveling Mama
So true!
Happy New Year to you ! :o)


Karin - The F Girl January 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

True words. Happiness is a choice, not something that happens to us if we run fast enough or work hard enough. It just is.

I wish you a wonderful new year, filled with love and joy. xx


Ana Gaby January 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Absolutely…. I’ve been thinking about this lately, too. Find happiness wherever you are…


Tina January 10, 2013 at 10:04 am

@Ale Heehee! So true!


Tina January 10, 2013 at 10:04 am

@The Diplomats Wife Sounds like you skipped the dress department!


Tina January 10, 2013 at 10:05 am

@ale I’ll have to check into it! Thanks for the recommendation!


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