Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happiness Lies. By: Karen Pilarski

John Stamos @JohnStamos  tweeted the following quote, "Be careful of what you want because you might get it. You may get that & find that's not where the happiness lies" -Gene Wilder.

 For the life of me I couldn't find where it originated from. I usually do a great job researching and digging up information. 

At any rate, it struck a chord with me. Is the question pondered to make ourselves feel better? 

The road not taken or the change left to slide through fingers, leaving regret in its wake.

When at a young age there are so many aspirations. The dreams flicker to get our attention quickly as a light switch going on to off. First there is a dream of being a firefighter or doctor. A second later it is discovered a beauty queen is the true calling.

As we age the brilliant wishes may have the electricity shutdown by a negative person or our own thinking. In an instant the spark, the fire that burned in our hearts flickers out.

Often the energy consumed is used to drive us toward our chosen path.

We want to have a large family, to be rich, and have a great body. Perhaps we just want to be single and have a beach house in Malibu.

We want it all. 

 In "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Willy asks Charlie "But Charlie, don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted. He lived happily ever after."

There is an apparent difference in the belief of happiness in terms of Gene Wilder and his portrayal of Willy Wonka.

I prefer Wilder's point of view. The adage of be careful what you wish for is powerful and accurate. Look how many people search for happiness in other people, jobs and situations.

It is only natural to question life's path and tired eyes to wonder off course.
When the shine of newness dulls and the polish fades, it is just truth exposed.

Can we take away the glimmer and still remain intrigued by its surface? 

Is it possible to deal with the dark, the ugly and dimly lit spirits?

After the center of the heart weakens like a shorted out circuit, there is still a charge.

That is where happiness lies. Locked deep inside.

You decide.