Hey, would you do something for me? I’d like a photo of the elusive pepprodocilicus. Whenever you capture the pic, assuming it is crystal clear and the one I’m looking for, I will pay you handsomely for it. Okay, go! Now!
Why are you still reading this? Don’t you want to be paid? Oh, you don’t know what you’re looking for? Well, I understand, so I’ll give you an easier assignment. Grab a photo of your personal truth. You know, your happiness. Of course, that will be much easier, won’t it? No?!
I have known and currently know many people who have no idea what happiness is for them. They could choose anything, but they can’t create the picture of it in their mind’s eye. Why?
Let’s back up for a bit. Some of the founder’s of the concept of America knew the importance and value of happiness. In their Declaration of Independence, they made sure that everyone knew how they felt about it. It is an unequivocal basis of a meaningful life: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” If we are to pursue happiness, we damn well better know what that looks like — for us, personally. That’s where it starts.
And please notice that these are “truths.” They weren’t truth to the British throne at the time. So, if Jefferson et al. considered them truths, where’s the breakdown in logic?
Truth carries with it a weight of significance that is beyond fact. I think many people confuse facts — things that are the same anytime, anywhere — with truth. Truth is personal perception. Truth is appropriation and application of facts. Truth has much more character and texture than facts. It has woof and warp, and we are the weavers of our own truth.
The Declaration says its truth is we are created equal and we have rights, not the least of which is the right to pursue whatever happiness is for us. Not everyone agreed then or agrees now about that statement. Not everyone believes that all are created equal. In fact, those signing that document had varying degrees of belief about that: they created their own truth. The factin that statement is we are all created; the truth is what each believes about that creation.
Why make this distinction? Because it’s directly related to our pursuit of happiness, that’s why. And many people cannot answer that direct question: What is your happiness? There are reasons for that, many I have addressed in previous posts, the most significant being we can’t know where to even begin to pursue happiness until we come to know core Self.
And I will pause here for tonight — continue tomorrow. It’s late and I’m tired.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!