Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
– Herman Cain
People spend their life chasing happiness and yet don’t realize that it lies in the simplest things and in moments they generally oversee. I have been fortunate to be tested with some interesting trials of life and I choose to be happy no matter what. Here are 5 things I have discovered so far…
- Jokers will always be there
Life is a paradox. There would be no hero or dark knight unless there was a joker because he would serve no purpose. Life is like a game of cards and the jokers are placed at random positions in the deck to make the game more interesting. It is inevitable so might as well enjoy their presence. Trust that all challenges in life are given for a very good reason and overcoming them with happiness leads to the ultimate joy.
Ever heard of John Lennon? Yes, he is the guy who created one of the most epic songs- Imagine. Hear it asap, in case you still haven’t. When he was 5 years old, his teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said – happy. They told him, he didn’t understand the question and he replied – You don’t understand life. Doing what we love is the greatest skill we have, to achieve no matter. The challenge lies in being persistent and married with that inner voice because you know it is right. Do not make your life choices only based on what your teachers, parents, guru ji or neighbors tell you. Listen to your mind but follow your heart. It knows exactly what is good for you. Keep searching, don’t settle! The dark knight ‘loves’ beating the joker every time because it pushes him to play at his ultimate best.
If you ever manage to speak to the dark knight in person, you might get an impression that he is a very stubborn guy and yet you like him. The truth is that he lives his life in a way that ‘not rising’ after a fall is equivalent to death. The more challenges he overcomes, the stronger his self-believe becomes and he loves it. He might not show it to you but he is always smiling from within when a joker strikes his grand plan. He says, ‘bring it on’! So it is very simple. If you want to accomplish great things, know that they will not come easy. The more you fail, the more you succeed. If you haven’t failed, you haven’t lived. Rise every time you fall and you will experience the strength of the dark knight within.
As far as we know so far, we have only one life. So let’s have fun along the way. Don’t take yourself too seriously no matter what you choose to do. Laugh at your failures but don’t forget to take the lesson or it will repeat again and again. Laugh at yourself when you make a fool of yourself. Show your vulnerability because no one can be or is expected to be a masterpiece worth putting in a museum. People like honesty without layers of makeup that the joker puts on his face. But remember to laugh like him no matter what life does to you. Be you, be real and have fun.
Very often we get so busy being busy that we miss the simple moments in life. Spend time with people you love. Don’t take them for granted. Go on a random drive with them and eat whatever you want, wherever you want. Have real friends and not just facebook friends. They say we become the average of the five people we spend most of our time with. So choose your people wisely. Let your friends know how much they mean to you and build relationships based on honesty and love. There is no point reaching your goals and having no one to celebrate it with. The dark knight suggests you identify your most recent success and whatsapp your favorite five people for a chill-out.
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Founder and Chief Happiness Officer
Kamal is a life enthusiast and loves connecting enlightened minds. Having been in more than twenty countries, he loves sharing his stories about love, life and happiness.