Monday, June 4, 2007

The Pursuit of Happiness

This weekend I watched The Pursuit of Happyness. I find that I usually enjoy most Will Smith movies, and this one was no exception. I won't share much about the plot so as not to spoil it for anyone. However, there was one thing that really stood out to me.

There is a part in the movie where Smith's character says how in the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson mentions that we should all have the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." He points out how maybe we all think we are entitled to be happy, but in reality it's more that we're pursuing happiness.

What a true statement. We're never guaranteed happiness, but we can all do our part to pursue it. Isn't that what any of us are doing at any given time? Why do we do any of the things we do at all? In the end, I think we all just want to be happy. So we work. We make money. We buy things. We travel. We laugh. We live. We love. Everything we do is somehow wrapped up in the desire to be happy. In the end, we decide whether or not we are happy. We are responsible for how we view our life.

I was chatting with Bob (my boss/second dad) about the movie and he made a comment about how there's only about 30 seconds of happiness in the movie and that the rest of it is the pursuit. Happiness is sometimes fleeting, isn't it? So here are just a few things that bring me happiness, even if it is sometimes only for a short time:

~Hearing a good friend laugh at something I said
~My cat being all snuggly when I get home from work
~When people do what they say they're going to do
~Balloons (the helium ones that last for days)
~Getting cards/letters in the mail (though I like emails, too!)
~Sleeping in from time to time
~Setting a new race PR
~Being loved by someone
~The new Reese's cookies I've discovered
~Thursday night yoga class

I wish you all a happy day!

1 comment:

Marianna said...

oh, i love that movie!!!