"The Kingdom of Heaven is within" —Jesus
"Man, you don't get happiness from your life, you bring happiness to your life." —My dad (who was definitely not Jesus)
The other day I was in a long line at the drugstore, looking around, and I guess had a pretty big grin on my face because as a rather sour-faced guy passed by, cutting through the line right in front of me, he gruffly asked, "What're you so happy about?"
He was gone in a flash, so there wasn't really time to reply...and I don't think he was really interested even if there was time. But the answer I would've given was, "no reason."
That wasn't always the case. I knew what I needed to make me happy, and I chased it relentlessly. But I was, for far too much of the time, angry and unhappy. Why?
Because I had a content-based idea of happiness. I thought if I had better stuff, a bigger title, more money, better friends, better food, better travel experiences, etc., that I would be happier. More content. More fulfilled. (Sound familiar?)