Are you happy? If not, do you want to be?

I actually had another blog piece written to post today, but for some reason I didn’t feel now was the right time to post it.  So that post is officially shelved for now.

Now what to write about?  Well, as I sat on my couch watching the season premiere of Design Star, I decided to hop on the computer and peruse Pinterest.  Because that is what we do now that Pinterest exists…

I open up Pinterest and the first thing I see is the picture to the right.  Man, it struck a chord.

I feel that we are a society of complainers and the complaining is only increasing in magnitude.  Does everyone expect happiness and their idea of a “perfect life” to be handed to them?  Or are they actually willing to work for it?  Our grandparents did… they worked DAMN hard to have the life they imagined for themselves, their children and their grandchildren.  This is why they are the greatest generation – they did not work hard for just themselves, they worked hard for the kids and grandkids that they didn’t even have yet.  Can anyone say the same about us?  Nope, sure can’t.  We are focused on the here, the now and the next handout.  Some people blame our dependance on technology, some people blame the generation before us and starting us down this path, some people just blame the closest target.  But no one is really at fault except ourselves.

I am not a fan of generalities, and I realize I am using them in this post… I know there are exceptions, as I feel I personally am one.  That doesn’t mean I don’t complain – I am human, I complain.  But I don’t expect what I want to be handed to me on a silver platter.  I understand that if I want it, I have to work for it.

I think we all need to realize that if we want to be truly happy – deep down in our cores – we have to work for what we want.  Handouts don’t provide satisfaction, working provides satisfaction.

So ask yourself… are you happy?  If not, do you want to be?  And most importantly, are you willing to work for it?

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3 thoughts on “Are you happy? If not, do you want to be?

  1. My mum used to always say – if you are sick of getting what you always get, stop doing what you always do!!!

  2. bvonruden14 says:

    I’ve never read a “Rooted Spoons” blog post–but have been meaning to do so for a long time. Sitting here at my desk eating lunch I was going through my Twiter feed and noticed that you had posted this Audra. How ironic that this was the first post that I read! It is so true what you wrote. How can a payback really be worth something if you didn’t work hard to get it? Can you really appreciate the good things in life if you know you didn’t have to work for it? Good things take time…

  3. Ellen says:

    I love this, Audra! So true! Sometimes I do complain…about the sense of entitlement some people seem to have!

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