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  • Writer's pictureMichael Holme

"Don't worry, Be happy"

Updated: May 8

The song with the title above was released by Bob McFerrin in 1988. It seemed like an unquestionably good and sensible idea. I remember it being sang in a suitably matter of fact manner. It was a no-brainer so to speak. Back then, as today though, hordes look all over for happiness. So, for example, materialism might offer it: the latest German car. A new look: whitened teeth, tattoos, designer clothes; may attract it to us. People entering our lives could solve everything, couldn't they? We might think that career progression, along with a perceived higher status, and any associate power, is the Holy Grail; or the gift of children: a sine qua non of bliss. Whilst the instant fixes of hedonism, may answer needs for happiness, as and when: sex, alcohol, drugs, computer games, and gambling, for example.

The daft thing is that happiness is under everybody's noses, and at this moment. Not that it is easy to realise, but happiness is categorically something you choose to have. Personally, if you have been through Hell, I think the ultimate choice of happiness becomes easier. Choosing happiness when you have never veered off the "straight and narrow", in my opinion, is more of a default than a conscious decision. You might wonder how somebody can logically be sure they are happy, when their experience suggests they're ignorant regarding alternatives.

Even L. Ron. Hubbard, the controversial late founder of the Church of Scientology, both knew and shared, that "the truth of the matter is that all the happiness you will ever find lies in you".

Nobody can possibly give you the key to happiness, but I promise you that everything mentioned in the first paragraph, are figurative "houses on sand", as alluded to by Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27. The trick, is ideally, to build our "house on rock", and each one, a totally individual "construct". By the way, it does not necessarily involve religion at all, but they may not harm. They may even help. It's within. It's God if you like, but no two person's Gods are the same. It's a pointless labelling, in the field of semantics.

I'll give you my view nevertheless, which is that everybody, and maybe nature too, is God. Furthermore, perhaps the chief point of life, is to realise that and begin to enjoy the ramifications of it.

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