“Greatness and peace and happiness are simply not proper ends for the human soul for itself. They are the byproducts of a life that is held steady like a ship at sea to some true course worth sailing.” ~ Dr Paul Shearer
It’s interesting, isn’t it, that we spend so much time, money and effort searching for ways to be happy and to have peace of mind.
But the problem with treating happiness and peace as a commodity to ‘get’ or pay for is that it is so often elusive and unobtainable, like trying to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Do we not need a different approach?
Is the solution to being happy and at peace, as Dr. Paul Shearer hints at, not something to ‘get’ or ‘achieve’, but more like a side-effect or product of striving toward a greater purpose. A byproduct of the journey toward your goal?
“True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
Would it not be better, then, to focus on ‘some true course worth sailing’ and have fidelity to that worthy purpose? For as we journey toward our destination, we will bathe in the sunshine of happiness and feel the cool breeze of peace.
The important thing is to know where you’re going and keep moving toward that worthy port. That’s how you’ll find your happiness and peace of mind.
I’d be interested in knowing your thoughts on this.
Dr. Scott Zarcinas (aka DoctorZed) is a doctor, author, and transformologist. He helps pro-active people to be more decisive, confident, and effective by developing a growth mindset so that they can maximize their full potential and become the person they are capable of being. DoctorZed gives regular workshops, seminars, presentations, and courses to support those who want to make a positive difference through positive action and live the life they want, the way they want, how they want.