|The pursuit of happiness? What's that all about then?...|
Hey, did you know?...
"Learn by teaching", they say, and
Ah, the Pursuit of Happiness!
Are you pursuing happiness or in pursuit of Will Smith's inspiring DVD The Pursuit of Happyness?
Yes finding happiness starts here, or does it? The thing is, can you really ever pursue happiness to find it?
Let's find out, and please get in touch with your thoughts too!
Pursuit of 'Happyness'
What I say...
Well, I'm going to let two esteemed gentlemen have their say about this 'noble pursuit' (?), first...
Which quote is true, for you? (Find more happiness quotes here, by the way!)
I don't believe you can find happiness by pursuing it but I also believe that being happy is the purpose of life. (That's the trouble with inspiring quotes - you can get them to mean whatever you want!)
Okay, what does it mean to pursue happiness? I mean how can you look for something that you clearly cannot see? Do you want to be happy or do you simply yearn for the pursuit?
Basically, the journey to happiness starts here, I think:
You don't need to visit another website or read another webpage, and you don't need to pursue happiness either - let happiness find you. "Let the happiness in Brother! Let the happiness in Sister!... Let the happiness in!"
Hey, I don't want to lecture you! And I don't want to tell you to be happy. It's not that easy, in any case - oh, that it was - but I (politely) think that pursuing happiness is fool's gold, I really do (not literally, obviously, but metaphorically! ).
Anyway... what do you think? Please do let me know!
What Og Mandino has to say...
Og Mandino wrote a book called The Choice. It's a self-help 'novel', I guess, about Og Mandino. It's not a bad read. Anyway, there's a speech at the end of the book (this is the only part of the book that needs to be read, in my opinion) which talks about a better way to live. And this is part of what Og's character has to say about happiness...
What The Pursuit of Happyness Movie says...
"Don't ever let anybody tell you you can't do something, not even me!"
This - one of many great pursuit of happyness quotes - is what Will Smith's character tells his son (in real-life too) in the video below. For me, This is one of the most special moments in the Pursuit of Happyness film. It sums up my own happiness pursuit (if I have such a pursuit) - to be myself, and to live my life according to my own rules. (Not easy, I can assure you.)
This movie made me cry and I congratulate Hollywood for making it.
And this is the Chris Gardner that the movie was based on (below). Chris' own pursuit was simply about believing in himself and being able to risk the future of himself and his son's life for the cause of that belief. Chris Gardner is an inspiring, if perhaps flawed, man...
What did you think about this movie. Like it? Hate it? Let me know! Thanks.
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