December 27, 2007

Investing in Happiness.

My mom and I were having a late night discussion on happiness after watching Transformers (How is this relevant? It just is; movie-induced stupor sometimes brings out the subliminal into focus and trust me, there is more truth in that than meets the eye ;) So anyway, as we talked I realized how much of her happiness she has invested in others. I guess, to a certain extent, that holds true for all of us, doesn't it?

It's like we divide our big pool of happy thoughts and feelings and make little bundles of it that we hand out to people to manage. And once we have done that whether we feel completely at bliss is no longer in our control. It's the people who hold our little bundles that control our happiness and in extreme cases, we lead lives determined by these people, even a moment of happiness or the lack of it is not in our hands...

I guess it is unrealistic, humanly impossible to expect to control our happiness completely. Part of what makes life interesting is the unexpected events that occur in our lives, the unpredictable actions of people around us and our own imperfect selves and how our lives are intertwined. A healthy mishmash of all this and we have those surprising, lump-in-the-throat, touching moments that take our breath away...but sometimes we lose track of how much we have invested in others, how many of those packets of joy we have handed out to others, possibly even to those who don't deserve to hold them...the challenge is to hand them out cautiously and take back what should rightly only belong to us...

Yada yada. Too heavy for a post-christmas post :)

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to y'all!


Kat said...

Your article is really thought provoking and has got my grey cells tickling... would be nice to read how you progress on this.

May be to heavy for Post Christmas, but in right time for the New year post

Harish Suryanarayana said...

The yada yada made me smile
In your blog, I beguile
Happiness -
both with us and our near and dear
Enjoy ! and wish you a Happy New Year.

Blech ! Me and my instantaneous rhymes.

PS: Seinfeld rules

Parth said...

Happy new year to you!

kamal said...

kat - thanks, plan to continue on this trail of thought sometime...

harish - :) Spontaneous rhymes rock!

parth - Happy New Year to you too and welcome back!

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