He who has a 'why' can endure any "how"
In years gone by, the pursuit of happiness was like the mirage above a hot, dessert road: you knew it was there because you perceived it, but no matter how far you walked to reach it, to touch it, to experience it, its elusive nature was a reminder that it would only ever exist beyond you... a little ways up the road. Something to aim for, until the heat of the day would crush your spirit and drain you. You chased higher education, money, prestige, beauty and so on. They were outward things. Inner reflection was left to the contemplatives.
In the last twenty years or so, but certainly in the last ten, our obsession to harness our happiness quota has become relentless. It's become an inner quest. And, I think that's great. Happiness, however, comes and goes depending on what life throws at us. It's rare to live in a state of bliss 100% of the time, especially if we attach our happiness to the accumulation of things and the illusion of financial success. Without purpose, happiness is not sustainable.
The secret to a deeper level of happiness is simple. As Nietzsche wrote, if you find your 'why', and stay the course, even when the road gets bumpy, you will be able to endure the 'how'. How you find meaning and fill your soul is by following your tug. Do what is true for you and everything else will fall into place... and when that happens, happiness will greet you with arms wide open.
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