27 November 2010
Revision- What is Happiness
What is happiness to you? Happiness is something most of us are searching for and
don’t look deep enough to find. That feeling you get of satisfaction and enjoyment; peace
of mind, kindness and love. What path do we follow to obtain happiness?
To many, happiness is bonding. It is a relationship, a desire to connect souls with
another. Masami Sato asks and answers in her article, The Secret of Happiness is
Bonding: “Why do we do something, anything in life as human beings? It is because we
want to connect with others. We make friends to build a relationship. We get married to
establish a relationship in a deeper more permanent manner.”
In my opinion, autumn is a wonderful time of the year to connect with strangers,
family and friends. It is a time of togetherness; a season of bonding. The weather is
usually soggy and cold; we, as humans, want to stay warm and dry. A venture into the
elements are rare but can also be a time of bonding. Fall is when hunting season occurs
and as a family with friends and sometimes strangers we set off to hunt for the food
we put on the table for our families. As most people would not set out into the woods
alone to go hunting; into the wilderness with wild animals and the danger of getting
turned around and lost.
When we go hunting, we gather together as part of a group to bond, and to form a
deeper relationship. The winding bumpy ride to our destination proves to be one more
advantage point to build a relationship. We are confined to the cabs of our trucks,
sometimes for hours. These close quarters allow us to get to know each other even better.
When we arrive at our final destination, making a camp is top priority. With the newly
formed community coming together to work a team; a common kitchen is formed with
contributions of many. This is the heart of the camp, the women cooking and making
love with theirs hands while joyfully giving their goods to many.
Music and laughter and the sound of fun and enjoyment resonate there in camp in the
woods. Discussions of the next days hunt, jokes and hunting stories heard hundreds of
times over. Before the children are tucked in, we all say our goodnights; it’s late and we
need to get up early. Before dawn breaks we slowly open our eyes as the smell of bacon
and coffee as it circles our heads. That smell alone can bring a smile to your face. It is
with joy you peel your tired body from the sleeping bag and rise into the freezing
morning. It seems silly to be cheerful but we are gathering together soon to eat and set
off on search for deer, elk and bear.
Sato adds in her article, “Contentment is a state of emotion that all of us are
yearning to be in. Each of us may define it differently. We may also value it
differently. Each of us may be familiar with different levels of intensity of
contentment. Still we definitely have something in common when contentment
comes to us. And when we realize this secret about contentment, we hold the key to
a greater contentment, and to make those around us know the same feeling as well.”
Another great time of bonding during the autumn season is Thanksgiving. A fall
festivity that brings happiness to many; forming deeper bonds with family and friends.
Some people find great pleasure in serving people less fortunate than themselves. This
small tasks brings forth smiles and gratitude and fulfillment.
Some of us host the family dinner at our homes. So much love, dedication and joy
goes into the labor of preparing this meal. The day starts early and sometimes, the day
before as the baking and cooking get started. Everyone from young to old is included in
the peeling of the potatoes; washing and cubing...