We want what we don’t have. Verse after verse the song repeats, with the same chorus:
We want what we don’t have!
To bring into captivity the elusive, for the express purpose of making it ours, we pursue.
Since success is only possible by identifying worthy targets of acquisition, what are those?
The great minds of the individuals who framed the Declaration of Independence were bold enough to capture the imagination, hearts and souls of the citizens making choices from that era:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Fast forward Two-hundred-thirty-five years and the questions become, “Is the pursuit of happiness, really, a worthy cause?” Or, “Is It an effect resulting from the pursuit of an even, more, noble goal?”
Ah, the ever elusive “It“. We want It; we pursue It; and, It leaves us empty. Void of fulfillment and frustrated, we wonder if we can ever catch It.
Just maybe, if we pursue the right Cause, we can generate the Effect we desire: Happiness.
Since our fore-fathers held a belief in, and made reference to, our Creator, a peek at the Proverbs from the Sages of the Ages gives greater insight into the cause and effect of our pursuit choices:
21:21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
22:4 True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.
The common denominators in the results (Effects) are these three: Honor, (riches) Prosperity and a (long) Life. The catalysts (Causes) are identified to be these four pursuits: Righteousness, Love, Humility and Respect for a power greater than ourselves.
Legitimate pursuits will, always, result in discoveries (finds) and a journey (lead), which ultimately results in arriving at a destination: Happiness.
The challenge for each of us is to move the Cart from in front of the Horse and position It for the greatest results. The driving force and horsepower of our pursuits must be Righteousness, Love, Humility and Respect. Bouncing along behind, merrily gathering up the results, will be the cart of Happiness!