Friday, November 13, 2015

HAPPINESS: Desiring, Hoping, Wishing, Creating

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen; others make it happen,” is a quote Michael Jordan made at the peak of his success. Perhaps he did not originate the quote, but certainly the most famous person to say it publicly that will resonate forever.

I’ve heard this quote paraphrased by mystics, ministers, motivational speakers, Sufi’s and many others given a platform to teach, preach and reach.   It doesn’t really matter the source from which the wisdom comes, only the results of the intended action because of it.  Just imagine the physical state of a professional sports athlete; the mind - body coordination must become more receptive to coaching and training than that of the average person. Special conditioning of the mind-body coordination improves over time until it reaches a performance capacity peak absent from injuries, it be followed by a slow and natural digression called aging that occurs in all forms of life.   More so, what happens when the mind-body can no longer master performance driven successes; when satisfaction and gratification are a void?   Life becomes critical for most high-performing individuals, including athletes, executives, top-achievers and workaholics. At worst, some will conclude that life is unbearable.

Prior to reaching the performance peak  along with the mind and body conditioning and after is the spirit-self that also needs the same intensity of training.  Depression and fatigue come easily absent the core training of our being.  More so, when we work and train hard with a sense of balance, we will often recognize it in ourselves as satisfaction or gratification and at times may even witness greatness.  Achieving greatness is not limited to physical performance, talents, wealth or receiving highest recognition or awards.

“You can chase a desire; hope for success; wish to achieve wealth or you can create happiness.” The greatest achievement of man is finding unwavering happiness right where you are; and often it's in the palm of your hand.” -  S. B.

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” -  Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
- Mahatma Gandhi