I have a question for you. As you go
through your day, are you actually on autopilot like Adam Sandler in the movie Click?
We hear it all the time…make each day count…don’t take a single day for
granted…bla bla bla…and…wait wait wait…MORE BLA. These words have become rhetorical
cliché in just about anything you read or watch on TV.
The thing is, it’s not bad advice,
but does anybody really know what it takes to do that? Does being happy mean
you are in orgasmic bliss every second of your day? I don’t know…I feel like
doing what you love can be stressful sometimes. You sacrifice things, you stay
up all night tossing and turning because your mind won’t stop bossing you
around, your life is not your own, you worry about everything and everyone, you
feel exhausted and still can’t sleep, but…you love it and it makes you happy.
Really?! Is that how this is all supposed to go down?
The song for this post is “Buy Dirt” by Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan. You can find the song in a lot of places, but my favorite version is when Jordan and Luke sang and filmed it live on the TODAY show. I mean, if you can sound this good live and film the entire video in a single take with one long shot like this, you are…totally…freaking…awesome! Their first bump at the end is well deserved. Here is the link (you can click and listen while you read the rest of this post): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73RHlbDlAJo
A few days before
he turned 80
He was sittin’ out
back in a rocker
He said, “What you
been up to lately?”
I told him,
“Chasing a dollar.”
have passions…purposes we feel we need to fulfill…people we love that we want
to take care of…children who we want to teach the things nobody every taught us,
but that we learned along the way…and other voids we want to…wait…we NEED
to…fill. That’s life. How boring and unfulfilling would it be if we got
everything we wanted just because we exist and take up space? Some of us are
numb to all of this and distracted by toxic relationships, entitled attitudes,
jealousy, laziness, arrogance, anger, addictions, feelings of insecurity, etc.
is complicated. There is no true recipe for it. Additionally, being happy means
something completely different for each and every one of us.
do believe there is a general framework, which can be applied to set us up to successfully
build and maintain a life that makes us happy because it keeps us in the realm
of positivity and good intentions…a life that gives us purpose and makes us
feel like we are an instrumental part of something greater than ourselves.
And in between sips
He poured this
Said, “If you want
my two cents on making a dollar count:”
Before you get
caught on that ladder
Let me tell you
what it’s all about
Find you a few
things that matter
That you can put a
And then he laid it
Find the one you
can’t live without
Get a ring, let your knee hit the ground
Do what you love
but call it work
And throw a little
money in the plate at church
Send your prayers
up and your roots down deep
Add a few limbs to
your family tree
Watch their pencil
marks and the grass in the yard all grow up
The truth about it
It all goes by real
You can’t buy
But you can buy
There are quite a few metaphors in these lyrics, but they make sense to me. Maybe all we need to do is not screw things up, really try, and then have faith in what happens next. Maybe that’s the magic recipe for happiness.